Table Tennis Tidbits #22

By Robert Ho | April 03, 2018, 7:46 p.m. (ET)

Xun Xin vs Ma Long ITTF


TABLE TENNIS TIDBITS  # 22   By Robert Ho  6-29-16

The Korea Open  6-22—26-16   CHAMP GOES (due to a) SOUTH(paw)

Host country favorites Joo Se Hyuk and Jung Young Sik were eliminated before the quarterfinals; they witnessed challengers from the Netherlands, Hongkong, and France fall to the dominant mainland Chinese.

In a quarterfinal Wong Chun Ting, a lefty looper from Hongkong “forced” his opponent, China’s Xu Xin, also a lefty looper, to score 15 points before Wong won the first game.  Still sort of “loafing”, Xu managed to lose the second game at 11.  Having awakened the sleeping tiger, Wong ekes out 6. 5, 1, and 2 points in the next 4 games losing the last point against a chop from Xu.

In another quarterfinal Ma Long of China loses games 1, 4, and 5 at 7, 9, and 10 to Flore of France before winning games 2, 3, 6, and 7 at 4, 4, 5, and 1.

Past World and Olympic champion Zhang Jike, of China, lost in the round of 32 to Chen Chien An of Taipei in 7.  Fan Zhen Dong beat teammate Fang Bo in 6 in the quarters; then lost to Xu in a semi while Ma beat Chen in the other semi.

In the men’s final Xu enjoyed a win over current World Champion Ma 7, 10, -4, 10, -7, -6, 9.  In the last game Ma reached -9 from -5.  The winning point in the first game was a FH loop-kill by Xu from his BH corner of a FH chop by Ma.  In game 3 Ma attacked Xu’s BH frequently eliciting errors from Xu.

In a women’s semi Li Jie of the Netherlands (a Chinese émigré?), a RH chopper with a timely  and mostly accurate attack, lost an exciting semi to Ding Ning, world champion,

-10, 6, 5, 6, 6.  There were numerous, exciting cat-and-mouse attack-defense-counterattack rallies in their match.  In the other women’s semi Liu beat teammate Zhu Yu Ling to set up the all Chinese final:  Ding Ning over Liu Shiwen -9 11, 8, 6. 6.

Both players are observed pawing their stroking shoulders at times.  Ding had her left shoulder sprayed twice during the match with I presume a medical refrigerant.  Lefty Ding tends to move away from the table more frequently than Liu to give herself more time to make a “big” FH loop stroke.  When Liu aims her ball at Ding, Ding leans sharply to her right to try to make a forceful FH loop when not in optimal position.  Liu, very shifty and quick, tends to stay at the table more frequently but compromises her forehand loop because there is less time to move into optimal position for the big stroke.  Her BH is very effective at moving Ding around.