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Samson Dubina: Fix It or Trash It

samson2I would recommend fixing a particular stroke when it is a core aspect of winning.  Let’s examine one of your previous matches…   In last tournament, you were in the finals of the u2100 event.  Your opponent kept serving long.  If you blocked or pushed his serve, he followed-up with a deadly smash.  When you tried to loop the serve, you were missing most of your loops long against his heavy sidespin-topspin long serve.  Fix it or trash it?

Samson Dubina: Follow the Example of Sarah Jalli

samson2When I coached table tennis in a school program, I was coaching up to 90 kids per day.  Over the last 20 years, I have seen thousands of kids play (or attempt to play) table tennis.  Sarah Jalli is one of my top juniors and recently went up 1000 rating points in 10 months and is now ranked #4 in the US for her age.  With the right environment and a great work ethic, Sarah definitely has Olympic potential.  So why is it that some kids rise to the top and others stay at the lower level?

Samson: Backhand Footwork – Is It Necessary?

samson2Typically, playing about 60-65% forehand and about 35-40% backhand will allow you to cover the table best.  However, for some of my students, I give some flexibility as each player/style/age/conditioning/body type is unique.  Because the forehand zone is larger, most players practice forehand footwork or full-table footwork.  I have rarely seen players practicing backhand footwork.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Germany’s 2015 Sportsman of the Year

9dfeb516-b532-11e5-a4f7-f80f41fc63ceGermany’s sports fans have chosen their Sportsman of the Year: Gesa Felicitas Krause, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and FC Bayern München win the SPORT1-sponsored prize for their success in 2015. Germany’s largest audience-awarded prize in sport – the fans have chosen: Gesa Felicitas Krause, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Bayern MunichMüller in Erklärungsnot have been awarded The SPORT1 award in the categories of “female athlete 2015”, “athlete 2015” and “Team 2015”. The award was chosen via secure online vote.

Chinese Trials

The Chinese Trials have concluded: (1st) Xu Xin, (2nd) Zhang Jike, (3rd) Ma Long, (4th) Fan Zhendong, (5th) Lin Gaoyuan.

The 2016 Trials were for the express purpose of picking a team for the World Championships, so this is not necessarily a limitation on who the Chinese will send to the Olympics this summer. That said, this is a big first step towards Rio, and there were some surprises.

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