There is plenty of excitement at the moment about 18-year-old Swedish player Anton Kallberg. He has had a rapid rise up the international rankings in the past year and once again confirmed his potential with an impressive run of results at the 2015 Swedish Open. I have to confess, I’m excited too. It’s very early days, of course. There have been plenty of 18-year-olds who have shown potential, but never made an impression on the world’s top 50, let alone the world’s top 5. But I think Kallberg is different and has the potential to reach the very top. Read my blog post to find out why…
I’ve been watching videos of the Chinese players quite a lot recently. It’s a joy to watch these players in their full attacking flow. Apart from the occasional surprise loss, their standard of play is in a different league to other players in the top 20. From my many hours of watching these great players, I’ve identified a few things I think we can all learn from them and try and implement in our own game….
Fascinating match between Fan Zhendong (China) and Stefan Fegerl (Austria) in the final of the men’s singles at the Polish Open. Fegerl had already caused a huge shock in the semi-finals by beating Zhang Jike. His reward? A final against Fan Zhendong. What’s unusual about Fegerl is his close-to-the-table blocking style, which you don’t see it that often anymore. Players tend to go back and go topspin to topspin. But by staying close to the table and blocking aggressively, Fegerl is taking time away from his opponents, putting them under a lot of pressure and forcing errors. The match goes to the final set. Can Fegerl go all the way? Watch to find out.
Ma Long is a player in form. Earlier in the year he became World Champion and now he has added another Men’s World Cup title to his collection with an emphatic 4-0 victory of Fan Zhendong. Ma Long has always had a phenomenal forehand, but over the past couple of years his backhand has got much stronger. Some of his backhand attacks is this match against Fan Zhedong are unbelievably quick. There’s some great slow motion footage in the video, so you can really see the technique of these two great players.