Aruna Quadri vs Omar Assar (Africa Cup, July 2015)

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Final of the men’s singles of the Africa Cup. There are a few spectacular topspin rallies, but mainly it’s a one sided contest. Omar Assar (Egypt) does very well playing to Aruna Quadri’s (Nigeria) weaker backhand side. Almost every time he plays to the backhand corner, Quadri struggles to keep the ball on the table. He either blocks long or gets in a tangle trying to play with his forehand. This match is a good example of how to exploit an opponent’s weakness.

Alexandre Cassin vs Anton Kallberg (European Youth Championships, July 2015)

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Take a look at potential table tennis stars of the future in the final of the junior boys singles at the European Youth Championships. Kallberg from Sweden, in particular, looks like he has the game to become a top professional. He also has quite an unusual service action, using a huge backswing, and sollows up with big topspins left, middle and right. Well worth a watch…

Benefits of an unconventional playing style

Table tennis coaches (myself included) often favour teaching a modern topspin game – service from the backhand corner, playing forehands on ¾ of the table, playing topspin strokes as often as possible, attack, attack attack! But this isn’t the only way of playing table tennis. In this blog post I explore the benefits of unconventional playing styles.

Joo Sae-hyuk vs Steffan Mengel (Korea Open, July 2015)

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Great contest of attack vs defence in the quarter finals of the Korea Open. Steffan Mengel from Germany hits some huge forehand shots, but somehow Joo Saehyuk, the great defender from South Korea, manages to keep putting the ball back on to the table. Just when it seems Mengel is getting on top, Joo Saehyuk finds a way back and takes the match to a deciding set.