The Qualifiers

Here is a look at the eight athletes now qualified for the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore , coming up in August 2010.

5 STAR  ***** = WORLD – CLASS  with excellent possibilities to pursue a top flight professional carrier in Table Tennis

Koki Niwa - winner Cadet Boys Singles

Koki Niwa - winner Cadet Boys Singles

  Koki NIWA – Japan (Cadet Boy) ; Already at such a young age a great  innovator of the game . Clearly the best player in the world for this age.  Can be slightly soft at times – but compensates with nice speed and spin change-ups to confuse his opponent. Very strong service. Will be very interesting to see if Japan in Niwa finally has an international winner or not…

Yang Ha Eun - 2009 ITTF CC Cadet Girl champion

Yang Ha Eun - 2009 ITTF CC Cadet Girl champion

YANG Ha Eun – Korea   (Cadet Girl) ; Battled high expectations here in Japan and did not reach her highest playing standard. Great thinker of the game . Makes excellent use of the golden ten seconds between rallies. I like her low position in rallies and strong technical talent.

Simon Gauzy - third place finisher in the cadet boys singles

Simon Gauzy - third place finisher in the cadet boys singles

 Simon GAUZY – France  (Cadet Boy) ; Clearly the best European Cadet Boy.  Splendid shot making and at times amazing technical creativity are strong trademarks. Can score points from all angles and from different positions with both backhand and forehand. Competes well and also showed excellent practice habits in the training camp leading up to the 2009 Cadet Challenge .

4STAR **** = VERY GOOD . Dominating performances to be expected at the International junior level  . Will quickly emerge as a top-level junior player.

Ayuka Tanioka - runner up in the cadet girls singles

Ayuka Tanioka - runner up in the cadet girls singles

Ayuka TANIOKA – Japan  (Cadet Girl)Very safe and sound defensive player for her age. Must however improve her attacking skills in order to become a long-lasting threat  to the higher world ranking orders. 

3STAR *** = GOOD .  Talent is definitely there – but may not cover the complete picture just yet  . Great future , but will need to study all aspects of  the game hard and long in order to become top players.

Hampus Soderlund - fourth place Cadet Boys singles

Hampus Soderlund - fourth place Cadet Boys singles

Hampus SÖDERLUND – Sweden (Cadet Boy) ; With the current lack of  obvious  international level talents in Swedish Table Tennis (Scary thought !!)  this hard-working 15-year-old will get plenty of chances the next few years to establish himself as a  Table Tennis professional . Must study the mental aspects of  international table tennis and learn to play more relaxed when the pressure is on. May lack the necessary fluency in is technique – but will continue to work hard and improve all the time. Excellent physical conditioning level. 

 

Sawettabut - fourth place finisher in the cadet girls singles

Sawettabut - fourth place finisher in the cadet girls singles

 

 Suthasini SAWETTABUT – Thailand (Cadet Girl)Mysterious hard-working girl who continues to surprise with good results and amaze coaches with innovative practice methods as well as a seldom seen work ethic . Lack of proper sparring at home will soon enough become a real problem for her and her demanding coach. Showed however real guts when she pulled up her socks and came back from 1-2 and 3-7  down vs Petrissa Solja with the team title on the line. Impressive !

Bernadette SZOCS - third place Cadet Girls

Bernadette SZOCS - third place Cadet Girls

Bernadette SZOCS – Romania (Cadet Girl) ;  Upbeat personality and a great fighter that had a great run here in Tokyo. Become better and better day by day . Topped off  a good week with a fresh and fearless performance in the singles when she ousted the European nr one Petrissa Solja from Germany in the quarterfinal to secure a place in Singapore. Must improve her forehand technique in order to reach new heights.

2STAR ** = AVERAGE   . Good international player for her/his age with plenty of the work to do . Slightly below Expectations.

Yin Hang - 2009 Cadet Boys Singles Champion

Yin Hang - 2009 Cadet Boys Singles Champion

YIN Hang – China  (Cadet Boy) ; Good results at the table – but careless playing style built only on power and speed will not cut it – neither in China nor at  the  international level. We could see this young boy win the Youth Olympic Games and never see him again after that.

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  1. henry

    i dont know why you think yin cant be a good player, he is top in the ranks, has he bought that in a grocery store ?,you cant get number 1 without winning tournamentlike yin does, if niwa is the best cadet how many tournaments has he won.

    I only see that you are strongly japanese biased, where is cheng meng? not good enough for you…?

    niwa is like a japanese samsonov just counters but cant rule the rhythm of the game he lacks fierceness ,yin shut him down with slow loops in the tokyo finals

    • Thanks for your comments. I just didnt like his “overall approach” and game plan when i saw him in Tokyo. Yes , he won the event with a strong comeback against Niwa in the final (thought very much though that Niwa stopped playing completely up 3/0 or 3/1..) The problem that i see with him is a 110 % power based game and a certain inability to put good value on each ball. Seems like we are seeing many young Chinese male players playing formula 1 table tennis from start to finish.. The Japanese young players are different – but not yet strong enough mentally to challenge the chinese. Lack of quality coaching is also an issue for the Japanese national youth and junior programme. They need to develop very quickly..

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