Game and skills analysis Satoshi Aida


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

Here comes Satoshi Aida (Japan): Special: two smooth sides/no pimples!

Strengths:

  • good but not tremendous footwork
  • very versatile playing style: Good attacking and defending qualities on both sides
  • good backhand serves
  • heavy backspin on backhand push
  • good backhand topspin on pushes
  • good backhand block
  • good forehand topspin on pushes

Weaknesses:

  • disadvantage of rubber in on backhand: Heavy topspins into his backhand will force direct (goes off the table) or indirect (high ball gets hammered) errors.
  • sticky rubber in on both side is vulerable to tricky spinny serves
  • slight attitude problem: Looks as he lives in the US and does not have to face high standard opponents very often and does not really give full committment to his strokes
  • forehand topspin on blocks a bit too slow/harmless
  • often plays slow backhand topspin against blocks. Too easy to get hammered by better players.

Suggestions:

  • practise save returns of tricky serves
  • show more determined, less casual attitude
  • practise chopping with no spin at all/floats
  • use more versatile forehand serves
  • practise faster footwork in defense
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