How should chops be played in era of big balls? Should I learn from Mima Ito 2.0's chipping style?
Slicing is a traditional table tennis technique. In recent years, with constant improvement and refinement of loopball technology, it has been difficult to reach top-notch slicing levels, especially in men's competition. Women have even less room to survive, and female chipping still has a place in world of table tennis, including China's Wu Yang and Liu Fei, Japan's Hitomi Sato, South Korea's Xu Xiaoyuan and Han Ying, who made it to semi-finals in women's tournament. World Cup.
At 37 years old, Han Ying played role of a dark horse for first time at World Championships. Meng fought hard for seven rounds and lost final game. The game also showed us charm of cutting ball. He did not give up when he was behind 1:3, and dragged game into final game, and finished competition for third and fourth places. However, it was a little surprising that Han Ying lost 0:4 to Mima Ito , and Han Ying lost so helplessly throughout game, which was very different from situation in semi-finals.
Faced with same slashing opponent, Chen Meng and Mima Ito performed differently. Is Chen Meng weaker or Mima Ito stronger? The answer is obviously no. Even though Mima Ito is strong, she can still be weaker than Chen Meng. After all, judging by match record, Mima Ito has not yet defeated Chen Meng, so why is there such a big gap in game process? Woolen cloth? Let's move on to analysis.
Personally, I think that there is a big difference between Chen Meng and Ito Mima in following aspects: Firstly, these two players have different play styles. The fast break style of play is currently most popular and advanced style. games. It can actively create arcs and is more stable. Mima Ito's backhand is raw rubber and forehand is reversed. He belongs to fast break style of play. The biggest feature is fast speed.
The difference in play style also means that technical specifications of two games are different. early stage when hitting ball, and ball hits early. The short hitting time does not give breakers enough time to complete action of break, resulting in poor quality of break and greatly reducing threat of a subsequent break. Judging by game, Han Ying often came to ball before he had time to move into his comfort zone, and more often dealt with return. The quality of return was low and directly crossed Mima Ito.
Chen Meng's hooking method is still based on traditional arc ball, combined with friction and pull, arc ball is a little stable, and it can eat ball well. Chen Meng's offense is basically dropping ball. In early days, it was slower than Mima Ito's attack. Han Ying managed to retreat to her comfortable defensive position, and was able to complete her slashing action and make full use of her slashing advantage, that is, create a slashing ability. rotate.
Mima Ito's advantage lies in raw backhand rubber. Raw rubber is very comfortable in receiving feed. First, it does not require much rotation. The other is that Mima Ito's raw rubber is offensive and aggressive. Yes, rebounding to left is my housekeeping skill. In game, raw rubber of backhand can be rubbed and played, and Han Ying's striker pass is also in his own hands. Backward Left + Explosive Righthand is perfect combo, almost hitting Han Ying so weakly that she can't resist.
There is a big difference between Chen Meng and Mima Ito in terms of leading ball. In slow motion replay of game, we see that Mima Ito's attack right hand is on table. When finished, without any downward movement, just pull racquet back to complete stroke, which is also main reason for being able to grab points and use leverage. Chen Meng's backspin is a textbook way to deal with backspin. Depending on amount of backspin on ball, he drives racquet back and down, as well as on his own initiative to complete shot.
Compared to two people playing chopping balls, I personally think Mima Ito is more dangerous. In era of big ball, spin of ball is relatively weakened, and requirements for strength and speed are more critical. Playing speed is also another method of cutting ball, overcoming traditional combination of friction and pull, and a more prominent combination of friction and impact. If traditional playing style is 1.0, then Mima Ito's new method can become 2.0. The impact of this new method on game is also very clear and I hope it can inspire us to further improve table tennis technology.
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November 17, 2023