September 14, 2015, by Lee Chrimes
Blog 3: UoN Table Tennis Grafting in China
By Liam McTiernan. As the weekend approached so did the matches between the University of Nottingham and the Chinese Table Tennis College youth players. On Saturday it was time to put our training into some match play situations and each UoN player played 7 matches against some of the players in Shanghai.
The day got a off with a relatively slow start as the Chinese players dominated most matches. It’s fair to say that it took a few sets to adapt to the Chinese style of play, this involved fast footwork and incredible speed over the table. However in the afternoon the UoN players managed to settle, with every player winning their first respective match. As the day went on UoN managed to secure a few more wins and by the end, although fatigued, all the players were playing well and putting up a good fight.
On Sunday after a hard fought morning training session, the team travelled into Shanghai to experience some of the Chinese culture. We spent around 5 hours in one of the Chinese marketplaces where we bargained for the best prices of gifts and products. All the players really enjoyed the day and it was great to see some of the busy city of Shanghai.