The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!
Here comes ISHIGAKI Yuka (Japan):
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- it’s hard to tell how good her defence really is since the Opponent Hirano is mostly simply lifting up the ball rather than spinning it.
- good forehand topspin though
- good variety of backhand serves
- good footwork (with still room to improvement)
- has problems when confronted with “empty” (low spin) topspins
- did not show great variety in serves.
- Forehand chop goes “round the ball” instead of upside down which is disadvantageous when confronted with heavy topspin
- Long pips don’t seem to be very choppy, this may be corrected by a better choice of rubber.
- get generally more variety in serves and counter attacking
- choose better pimples for backhand defending
- try to defend lower with backhand and learn to defend with “chop” on forehand rather than going “round the ball”
- twiddle bat to force errors on pushes with different backspin (look at Masato Shiono!)