Welcome back. Today is Sunday, and we come back to the Ping Sunday free coaching table tennis. I’m EmRatThich, and we continue with 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 female player who invented many “attacking weapon” with the new ball.
Training Camp in China
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 2018 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 the 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. She has also changed her equipment for this new trend.
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 Nìng. 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 Ling.
And in the final, she won Chen Meng to become the youngest Asian Champion in the history.
Liu Guoliang 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.
With this success, Miu Hirano is banned in China from participating the China Super League.
What should I do with the new trend?
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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Coach EmRatThich was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1983. He started playing table tennis at the age of 8. After finishing his Ph.D. in Paris, University Pierre Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2011, he is now a table tennis coach in a small club in France (about 153 players). Interested in table tennis coaching for a global audience, he founded pingsunday.com, one of the best online coaching programs for table tennis players. Using the Chinese coaching philosophy, his table tennis lessons are free, which allows many table tennis players to improve fast. He can speak English, French, Vietnamese, and a little bit of Chinese.