Game and skills analysis Kim Kyung Ah and Park Mi Young (KOR) (South Corea)


The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!

Here comes Kim Kyung Ah (South Corea) and Park Mi Young (KOR) in a package because of the nice rallies and because of their strengths and weaknesses being nearly identical in my humble view (Park being a bit more active with her forehand though).

Strengths:

  • very good physical fitness and footwork
  • consistent defending and pushing on backhand
  • good forehand smash
  • good variety of backhand serves
  • occasional backhand block with pimples breaking the rhythm of the opponent

Weaknesses:

  • often defends on forehand too high thus giving the opponent the opportunity to get in with a big winner smash or topspin
  • often pushes the ball from the forehand corner with the backhand without any need. This push is also always with pimples so that there is not enough underspin to prevent a topspinner from getting in with a big, fast topspin.
  • never twiddels such giving away the chance of confusing the opponent
  • nearly no forehand serves
  • the backhand defense has too few variety is spin. As far as I know and can see, she is using medium long pimples with which you don’t get enough backspin on short, slow topspins.
  • to defend everything that comes as a topspin far behind the table is too much “old school”-defending.

Suggestions:

  • she should practice also forehand serves
  • occasional twiddling would help, but only when using different pimples which get more chop and are more confusing when pushing aggressively close to the table
  • a lot of pushes and stops into here forehand should be converted into a forehand topspin by hereself
  • an at least occasional counter topspin from her forehand corner into the middle of the table (preferably with a lot of sidespin) is necessary to beat also one of the top ten players more than once.
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