Ma Long wins again! At the Rio Olympics Ma Long once again showed why he is the top ranked player in the world. In the men’s singles final, he crushed his Chinese rival and reigning Olympic champion, Zhang Jike, 4-0. Gold medal to Ma Long. What a performance! Is Ma Long the greatest table tennis player of all time? Here’s my thoughts…
The Olympics are coming! The Olympics are coming! I love the Olympic games. It’s great that sports like table tennis get much needed extra media coverage, even if it’s only two weeks every four years. I’m so excited about the 2016 Rio Olympics, that I have decided to announce (by which I mean “predict”) who will win the the gold medals. Read on to find who I think will win…
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….
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.
Yuya Oshima (Japan) played the best tournament of his career. The world number 60 won his previous three matches 4-3 to reach the semi-finals where he faced world champion Ma Long. Ma Long was expected to win fairly easily and took a comfortable 2-0 lead. But then Oshima staged a brilliant comeback and takes a 6-2 lead in the final set. Can he hold on?
The top two players in the world face each other in the Chinese Super League. Ma Long is the player in form, winning the recent World Championships and playing some of the best table tennis of his life. But you can never rule out the super spinny penhold play of Xu Xin. Who will win the latest contest?
At the recent 2015 World Table Tennis Championships in Suzhou, Chinese players were completely dominant. In this blog post I ask whether Chinese dominance is a problem for the sport and what other countries can do to catch-up.