Table tennis is one of those many sports that have been neglected in Pakistan even though highly talented players are present in the field.table tennis is a popular sport that is enjoyed world. Table tennis is played between two players (singles) and four players (doubles). Players stand on either side of a green rectangular table and hit a special lightweight ball back and forth using small rackets or paddles. wide. The smash, with the ball capable of reaching a speed of 120km/h, is one of the most spectacular shots, but equally important is the ability to spin and to defend. Attacking shots include the loop drive and the flip. Defensive shots include the slice, lob, block and chop.
Play is fast and table tennis demands quick reaction times and speed. A skilled player can use spin to make the ball’s bounce difficult to predict or return with confidence. Spin combined with speed makes table tennis an exciting sport to watch and to play. A game begins when one player serves the ball to the other, ensuring that the ball hits the table on both the server and the receiver’s side. If the ball hits the net and falls back into the server’s side, then the receiver wins the point. If it hits the net and rolls into the receiver’s side, then a “let” is played.If the service is “good,” then the opponent must return the ball before it bounces a second time. Serves alternate every two points until a player wins with a two-point lead.Should each player reach 10 points, a “deuce” game, with players alternating serve comes into effect until one player builds up a two-point lead.In doubles, service alternates every two points between sides, but also rotates between players on the same team so that no team has an unfair advantage.
After each game, players switch sides of the table and in the deciding “match” game, players switch sides when the first player scores five points, regardless of whose turn it is to serve. In competition play, matches are typically best of five or seven games.
By: Momin Ali