Game and skills analysis Viktoria Pavlovich (Belarus)


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

Here comes Viktoria Pavlovich (Belarus)

Strengths:

  • good physical fitness, good footwork
  • very versatile style: twiddels the bat thus using pimples out to defend on forehand as well as on backhand. Also pushes with heavy chop with pimples in from the backhand side.
  • good solid forehand smashes against high pushes or slow topspins into her forehand
  • good occasional blocking or smashing with backhand using the long pips.
  • solid defending on both forehand and backhand, also well placing the balls into extrem backhand and forehand of the attacker.

Weaknesses:

  • backhand defending often goes up too high thus risking of getting punished by smashes or fast topspin winners from the opponent
  • forehand defence is choppy always (both pips in and out)
  • long pimples seem to be too “boring” when defending against heavy topspin. There is not enough backspin in the defence with these pimples.
  • having no “weapon” to use against constant pushing long down her backhand.
  • no backhand topspin
  • no backhand fast lift balls with long pips down the forehand side of the opponent with awkward hard readible spin
  • no forehand counter topspin at all
  • forehand topsin against heavy push is too weak, not enough power and spin in it. It is too easy to block for high level players.
  • no great variety of serves. Mainly backhand “security” serves. I have not seen one direct winner serve!
  • always uses pips in on the forehand when taking serves

Suggestions:

  • should try other more choppy and dangerous pimples.
  • should try to topspin more often with the forehand on pushes to her forehand or to middle of the table
  • should try to learn to break the game up with an aggressive “lift” ball with the pimples when getting pushes down her backhand all the time
  • should practice more and more awkward serves with both backhand and forehand thus getting opportunities to attack right after the serve as modern male defenders do.
  • should learn to play deceptive “floats” on the forehand thus making it more awkward for the opponent to know what sort and how much backspin she is confronted with.
  • should try to occasionally take the long pips on the forehand when taking serves that go short and spinny into her forehand.
  • I am not sure: But it looks as if she is using a max. medium thick sponge on the forehand. She should try to use 2,0 or 2,3 sticky chinese rubbers. You get more chop when pushing or defending and it is easier to topsin or counter topspin.
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