The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!
Here comes Irene Ivancan (Germany):
- very versatile style and strokes, very complete player thus very unpredictable for her opponents
- good forehand topspin, also able to counter topspin with the forehand, which is not very common yet amongst female defenders
- great variety of serves, also with the forehand which is also not very common yet amongst female defenders
- because of short pimples used on the backhand she can produce very different spin on pushing and chopping
- short pimples also allow her to block or smash with the backhand
- choppy forehand push
- often wants to get in with the forehand big and fast top spin on a push ball from the opponent which is not always necessary, sometimes a slow spinny topspin can be more effective.
- overuses occasionally the backhand sidespin push parallel into the forehand (of a right hander or backhand of lefthander as in video above) thus being bad positioned for a solid forehand topspin or having to make more collateral movements than necessary
- often pushing with the backhand from the forehand side without real need to do so.
- has problems returning the ball low and choppy on fast and spinny serves into her forehand thus preventing the opponent from getting in with winner topspins.
- has problems returning topspins into her body especially from left hander that use sidespin so that the topspin is turning akwardly into the body.
- should pratice better return on serves into her forehand
- should use the short pimples more often to smash or attack high pushes from the opponent
- should try to push more often with forehand from her forehand side or topspin from there straight away rather than using the backhand to push
- Could use a counter topspin with forehand from far behind the table with a lot of side spin as a variation to constantly topspinning against consistant blockers.