Game and skills analysis LIU Yi (China)


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

Here comes LIU Yi (China):

Strengths:

  • good footwork
  • unusual serves with the forehad
  • good forehand topspin and countertopspin
  • very good and choppy backhand defence
  • could occasionally surprising backhand block with pips

Weaknesses:

  • physical fitness in legs could probably increase. I am not sure how good his footwork is after playing several matches in a tournament
  • not a great variety of serves
  • forehand defence against slow spinny topspins often bounce too high or off the table
  • backhand topspin not very consistent

Suggestions:

  • practise greater variety of serves, especially backhand serves which give him the chance to attack with forehand on return
  • occasionally use pimples out on forehand to return slow and very spinny topspins down his forehand
  • practise backhand topspin on pushes
  • practise blocking with backhand by using both rubbers.
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