The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!
Here comes Ayuka Tanioka (Japan):
- Very choppy forehand pushes
- good backhand serves
- good awkward backhand sidespin push
- occasionally heavy chop when backhand defending (looks like shot pips to me).
- very much “old style” defending: too passive, pushing and chopping too much
- no great and surprising attacking skills
- forehand defending too inconsistent. She especially misses too many defence strokes when confronted with “lifted” topspins with little spin.
- tries to attack often with backhand smashes with pimples out and misses too much of them
- should work on attacking skills especially with forehand (topspins) on long pushes to her forehand.
- when smashing with backhand she should aim at smashing down the forehand side of the opponent (when righthanded) rather than into the backhand where the ball is often returned easily.
- should work on greater variety of serves especially with forehand. But also backhand serves are pretty much similar all the time.
- should try to learn “float” defending on forehand side which is often more effective against good chinese players who can spin a choppy defence ball up easily a couple of times.
- should learn to counterspin slow and long topspins to her forehand in order to break the rhythm of the attacker.