Xu Xin (table tennis)
January 8, 1990 |
|Playing style||Left-handed, penhold grip|
|Highest ranking||1 (January 2013)|
|Current ranking||1 (September 2014)|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)|
Xu Xin (simplified Chinese: 许昕; traditional Chinese: 許昕; pinyin: Xǔ Xīn; born 8 January 1990) is a Chinese table tennis player, and is currently the number 1 ranked player in the world, as of September 2014.
Xu Xin is a STIGA sponsored athlete. He uses a STIGA Intensity NCT as his blade, STIGA Calibra LT for his backhand (red) And DHS NEO Skyline 3 TG3 (Blue Sponge) For his forehand (black).
Xu Xin is one of the few representatives of the Chinese penhold style among the current young generation of Chinese players. Most Chinese players (especially younger ones) are now shakehand players. However, Xu Xin utilizes the famous penhold grip, following in the footsteps of champions like Wang Hao and Ma Lin.
Xu Xin's playing style is rare (left-handed, penhold grip) and with his long arms and posture, he is able to reach long balls with it. His long arms also develop him a graceful, unique forehand loop, with his arm almost fully stretched. He has also taken up the use of the Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB), China's recent backhand development for penholders, allowing two winged attacking. He still uses a Traditional Penhold Backhand (TPB) to block, lob, and push the ball with the forehand side of his racket.
Xu Xin's main strength is his shot variation and blazing forehand loops at mid to far distance. He is also a good lob defender, with great serves and decent footwork. However, his preference to play at a far distance is also one of his main weakness. While giving himself more time between shots, it also gives his opponents more time to react and he could be tamed by skillful attackers with good shot selection and neat placement. He is also somewhat a "crowd entertainer" often coming up with wild (and sometimes inappropriate) shots. This is perhaps due to his playful nature and confidence in playing. He admitted that he hopes to try to be more efficient and effective with his shot selection as he matures and carry more responsibilities.
In January 2013, he reached the number one spot in the World Rankings thanks to the points obtained by winning the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December 2012. He is currently ranked number two. (As of August, 2014.)
In January 2014, Xu Xin defended his title by beating world no. 1 ranked Ma Long in the finals match of the 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals held in Dubai.
Singles (as of July 6, 2013)
- World Championships: SF (2013).
- World Cup appearances: 2. Record: 4th (2012); winner (2013).
- World Tour winner (×7): Kuwait Open 2010; Slovenian Open 2011, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012; China Open 2012, Russian Open 2012, Korea Open 2013
Runner-up (×2): Belarus Open 2008; Korea Open 2012
- World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 4. Record: winner (2012, 2013), runner up (2010).
- Asian Championships: SF (2009, 12).
- Asian Cup: winner (2013); 2nd (2011); 3rd (2010).
- World Championships: winner (2011); runner-up (2009).
- World Tour winner (×8): Slovenian, Danish, Qatar Open 2009; China Open 2010; English, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012, Russian Open 2012; Kuwait Open 2013.
Runner-up (×6): China (Suzhou) Open 2009; Qatar, Kuwait Open 2010; UAE Open 2011; Hungarian, Slovenian Open 2012.
- Asian Games: runner-up (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009).
- World Championships: QF (2009).
- Asian Games: winner (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2012), SF (2009).
- World Championships: winner (2010, 12).
- World Team Cup: winner (2009, 10, 11, 13).
- Asian Games: winner (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13).
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