Blog By : Riya Rathore

Table tennis, also called (trademark) Ping-Pong, ball game similar in principle to lawn tennis and played on a flat table divided into two equal courts by a net fixed across its width at the middle. The object is to hit the ball so that it goes over the net and bounces on the opponent’s half of the table in such a way that the opponent cannot reach it or return it correctly. The lightweight hollow ball is propelled back and forth across the net by small rackets (bats, or paddles) held by the players. The game is popular all over the world.the Japanese girls are younger, less experienced and still learning. There are a number of aspects which they can improve on in their play which will make them even more formidable on the world stage. It is also interesting that these young Japanese stars are far quicker than the older Chinese players and are capable of using the plastic ball much more effectively. They take the ball very early over the table and are totally unpredictable in placement, using line and body balls and also extreme angles, but rarely playing two balls to the same place in the opponent’s half. Far too often the Chinese women are retreating too far which leaves them vulnerable and out of position. It seems as if they are still trying to use the older style spin game which worked with the old celluloid ball but which gives much less advantage with plastic. Surprisingly it would appear that the Chinese women have not caught up with the changing science of our sport. Manika won a gold medal as part of the Indian women’s table tennis team at the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia. She won the silver medal in the under-21 category of the 2011 Chile Open. She also won three medals at the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. She bagged 4 medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in Shillong  India She is also aware of her strengths and weaknesses, she favours counter‐attack play and she has seen an improvement in her forehand technique. She believes her weakness is in initiating attacks, for which she is putting in long hours of practice. Eight-time national champion and former national coach Kamlesh Mehta commends her calm mentality and her deceptive and aggressive play. “There’s a deceptive touch she has developed in the way she controls the bounce and pace of the shot. It’s like a quick snap. The opponent thinks the ball will come to the base of the court and with speed.

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