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The Women’s Game

January 2, 2014 by Rajeev Sharma

At high levels the women’s game is somewhat different from the men’s game more so with Asian players than with European. European women generally play topspin games like men but due to the fact that they generate less power, they generally score by opening the ping pong table with placement and then finding a way past their opponent. Due to that, rallies in the women’s game are typically longer.

Asian women tend to play closer to the table. They take the table sooner off the bounce which puts more time pressure on their opponent and allows them to generate wider angles. This requires shorter strokes and since women have less expectations of finishing a point with a power shot, their footwork is focused more on balance to allow continuation of the rally rather than on court coverage. This also leads to a more equal use of forehands and backhands in the women’s game.

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