No matter how good you get, there’s always someone better…

No matter how good you get, there’s always someone better…

My table tennis team had a bruising encounter last week. We lost 10-0. Ouch. In truth, none of the matches were close, apart from the doubles, when we were already losing the tie 9-0. This thrashing was a good reminder that no matter how good you think you’re getting at table tennis, there’s always better players who can make you feel like a beginner. In this blog post I give my thoughts on how to bounce back from these defeats and embrace the challenge of playing stronger opponents. Keep reading

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Ruwen Filus (Austrian Open, September 2015)

Dimitrij Ovtcharov vs Ruwen Filus (Austrian Open, September 2015)

Cracking match between Ovtcharov and Filus. Ovtcharov is one of the most powerful attacking players in world table tennis, but somehow, Filus is able to keep putting the ball back on the table – displaying some phenomenonal defensive skills. The match goes to a deciding set and facing match-point, Filus switches role and starts attacking. He wins the point to take it to 10-10. Who’s going to win those final two points? Keep reading

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. Keep reading

Vladimir Samsonov vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (European Games, June 2015)

Vladimir Samsonov vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (European Games, June 2015)

Final of the men’s single in the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. European veteran (and legend!) Vladimir Samsonov takes on top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov. And what a final! The match goes to seven sets and in the final set the score reaches 8-8. It couldn’t be closer, but who is going to win those final few points? Enjoy. Keep reading