Congratulations on an incredible season, what main factors do you put this down to?
Thank you! I have had some great practice sessions and have developed my game so I’m now even better at the things that I’m really good at! My attack is also much stronger today so I can win points from this part of my game and thanks to this my overall game is more unpredictable!
How many hours a week did you train as a junior and what percentage did you practice chop and attack?
I think I practised for around 14 hours per week and maybe 70% defence and 30% attack.
What are your favourite 3 drills?
For footwork I would say middle-corner as this is a good exercise for the change between attack and defence on the BH side. Next would be serve- free and a fun type of match is one defensive shot and then free. Finally, two serves each where the receiver starts with one defensive shot and then tries to win the point.
Footwork is so important for your style, can you tell us any exercises you do off the table?
Off the table, I do some strength work and mostly exercises to enhance my explosiveness. I also do some core strength exercises.
Who are your most difficult opponents?
Players that are good at reading spin and are good at topspin with no pushes.
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Finally, can you give 2 tips to any aspiring young choppers out there?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, like different rubbers or playing styles. You don’t know what will work best for you until you have tried! My second tip is to have patience. As a chopper it can take more time to develop your game because there are lots of different things you need to practice.