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Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE)
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He may not be the most powerful player in the World but if there is a player who is exciting to watch it is Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan.
Speed is the key to his success and when rallies develop he is in his element; top spin to spin there are few players who are better to behold.
Now, for over a decade he has been the backbone of the Chinese Taipei Men’s Team; the successor in that role to Chiang Peng-Lung.
He made his debut in the World Championships in Eindhoven in 1999 and he has been present ever since; a total of no less than 13 consecutive World Championships.
However, arguably more impressive is his number of Men’s World Cup appearances. He first played in the Chinese city of Jinan in 2002 and since that time he has qualified every year for the prestigious annual event; 10 consecutive appearances.
Furthermore, even though now 31 years old, is he improving?
Over the years Chuang Chih-Yuan has experienced problems against defenders; arguably there is not the power in his play or perhaps there are not sufficient changes in the degrees of top spin?
Now, has he found a solution to the problem?
Surely the best male defensive player on planet earth is Korea’s Joo See Hyuk; his ever reliable backspin play combined with dynamic forehand makes him a world star.
Prior to this year, Chuang Chih-Yuan had lost to the Korean ace time and time again but when they met in Dortmund in late March, Chuang Chih-Yuan experienced few problems against his nemesis.
He beat Joo See Hyuk in three straight games in the group stage of proceedings and then repeated the dose when they met again in the quarterfinals! Six games played, six won none lost!
Now does that sum up Chuang Chih-Yuan; he is the man whose speed can unsettle an opponent and is more than capable of causing an upset and baffling the pundits.
A decade ago in 2012 he won the Men’s Singles title at the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals in Stockholm, having only narrowly qualified for the event and never having won on the Tour!
The man to cause a surprise in London; could it be the fluent English speaking Chuang Chih-Yuan, if in a rhythm he will be difficult to stop.
• 2011 Chile Open - Men's Singles Champion
• 2008 Pro Tour Grand Finals - Men's Doubles Runner-up
• 2008 German Open - Men's Singles Runner-up
• 2008 Austrian Open - Men's Singles Runner-up
• 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - Chinese Taipei Team Member
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