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Miu Hirano – New Trends In Table Tennis (Part 3)

October 4, 2019


Welcome back. Today is Sunday, and we come back to the Ping
Sunday video. I’m EmRatThich, and we continue with the last
video of the “New Trend in Table Tennis Series” – Part 3. Miu Hirano. I’ve talked about Zhang Jike (part 1), Harimoto
Tomokazu (part 2), and this is the part 3: Miu Hirano. She is considered the first female table tennis
player who was successful with this new “style” in table tennis. For me, Miu Hirano is phenomenal, exceptional
because she is the first player who invented many “attacking weapon” with the new ball. But first of all, a player from Germany has
emailed me. “Dear coach, I owe you more than a thank. By reading your blog (pingsunday), I know
about the China Training Camp. And I’ve been selected this summer at Shanghai
University of Sport.” Congratulation! I’m very happy for you. It’s great! Because this China Training Camp has covered
the tuition fee and lodging during the summer. I hope you enjoy your training with the Chinese
coach in Shanghai. Original of the new trend in table tennis I’ve explained the principal of this trend
in my previous video. This trend will affect how young players train,
tactics, and playing-style in table tennis. In the near future, you will see more another
young players with the similar style like Harimoto or Miu Hirano. Here is a research article “Effect of changing
table tennis ball from Celluloid to Plastic” by the Japanese researchers, Yuki Inaba. They have confirmed my observation about the
new ball: The Y-axis is the vertical position or the height of the bounce, the X-axis is
the distance after the bounce. You can clearly see that, the Plastic ball
will bounce higher, and advance shorter, slower. The red curve is for the Plastic ball. The blue one is for Celluloid ball (old ball). Even for a smash, or a drive with spin, the
new ball will bounce higher, and advance slower. This will give player more time to “counter-hit”. This is the reason for the new trend. That’s is one of the reasons that the Japanese
national coaching staff has modified Miu Hirano’s techniques. They want a new generation who can compete
with the top Chinese players. A war is just beginning! After only 1 year, Miu Hirano has changed
completely. I remember watching Miu Hirano in the interview
on TV Tokyo Channel. Miu Hirano said, “My forehand has completely
changed. Instead of looping, as usual, I hit the ball
off the bounce”. So that means, Miu Hirano’s playing style
is more like “counter-hit”, or “counter-attack” style now. She will use more shoulder to hit and hit
the ball before the highest bounce. It’s rather risky because you can miss the
ball, but higher reward because you dominate the rally with your speed. What is “Counter hit” style? Maybe some player will wonder, what is the
“counter hit” or “counter-attack” style? OK! So let’s see some example of Harimoto, and
you will understand what I meant. Have you seen that? Counter hit style is hitting the ball very
soon, on the bounce. Aggressive attack all the ball close the table. Focus on the speed. The racket position is high. It’s more like hitting than topspinning. Counter hit all the long ball. Risky but high reward shot. Miu Hirano’s success In 2017, Miu Hirano is biggest phenomenal
in table tennis. She was the first player who brought the new
trend in table tennis. Asian championships 2017 was a real breakthrough
tournament for Japan’s young Miu Hirano. She turned just 17 on the same day when she
won women’s singles final and took gold medal! Miu Hirano has won against Ding N�ng. It was a big surprise. Because at this time, players and coaches
are not very familiar with this aggressive hitting style. Miu Hirano played a lot of long balls, and
then attack to the wide corner. It’s so pressured to play with this style. And then, Miu Hirano has won 4-0 against Zhu
Yu L�ng. And in the final, she won Ch�n M�ng to
become the youngest Asian Champion in the history. Li� Gu�li�ng has analyzed this defeat
of Chinese Women Team. And he confirmed that Miu Hirano is the real
talent. He proposed that the team should “learn” from
this defeat, and asked the team to study this “trend” in table tennis. So now you understand that this new trend
in table tennis is originally developed in Japan. This trend fits well Japanese table tennis
players because they are smaller, and less physical strength, less power than Chinese
players. So to compete with the full power-horse of
Chinese player, they (Japanese) will rely on the speed and the aggressiveness. Nowadays, this trend has changed the young
generations playing table tennis. Miu Hirano, Hina Hayata, to Harimoto Tomokazu,
and another young Chinese player. What should I do? So if you are the female table tennis player? Or your daughter, your friend wants to adapt
to this new trend? What should you do? Here is my quick advice? – Focus more on the counter-attack, and counter
hit on the bounce. – With the new trend, you don’t need to serve
short. But can learn a high risk fast, or long serve. And then counter-attack the next ball. – Put the opponent under pressure. Each time they serve, you attack the serve
with the flick or the aggressive long push. It’s easier to attack the serve with the new
ball now. – If you are a coach, you can incorporate
some “fast rallies” counter-hit training for your players. And ask the player to attack at the wide angle
on both sides. Use backhand to hit the ball close to the
table. This gives some advantages: Like using the
own speed of the ball to win, make the opponent less time to react, and don’t block but counter-hit
every ball. I hope that this video can help you understand
more the recent trend in table tennis, which focus a lot on speed, reaction time, and the
aggressiveness in service, and service-return. The trend is shifted more from “steady and
powerful attack” at mid-distance (domination the scene during 2010-2016) to “quick attack
and counter hit close to the table” (from 2016-now). That’s it for today. See you 🙂

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