In the first round of the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Qatar Open Women’s Singles on Feb. 23, 32-year-old Dutch national Li Jie and Japan’s 19-year-old Hitomi Sato set a world record, with the two taking the first rally of the third game to 10 minutes 13 seconds in 766 shots, making it the longest rally in a competitive table tennis match in the modern era. Their names will now be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
Both players lean heavily on the chop shot technique, playing a predominantly defensive game, only occasionally stepping to attack. Neither wanted to go on the offensive, choosing instead cut, drop, long push and chop shots. Ten minutes and 13 seconds into the rally, another ball bounced onto the court, and the rally had to be stopped. Li served again, but this time the expedite system was implemented for the rest of the match.
In the 11 point system of table tennis, if a point has not been awarded within 10 minutes, the expedite system is introduced for the rest of the match. With the expedite system in play, each player takes turns to serve, and the player returning serve earns the point after 13 shots. This forces the server to go onto the attack.
(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)
1. chop shot n. phr.
2. cut shot n. phr.
3. drop shot n. phr.
4. expedite system n. phr.
(cu4 jin4 zhi4 du4)
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