There are different match systems, such as matches with five, seven or nine sets. The winner of the match is the player who wins most sets, depending on the system used, e.g. four out of seven games.
The player, or the pair, scoring 11 points first, wins a set. In the event either players or pairs reach 10 points, the winner is the player or pair that gains a lead of two points.
An athlete scores a point:
If the opponent fails to make a good service
If the opponent fails to make a good return
If the opponents makes a return and the ball touches the net assembly
If the ball passes beyond the end line without touching his court, after being struck by the opponent
If the opponent obstructs the ball
If the opponent strikes the ball twice successively
If the opponent strikes the ball with a side of the racket blade whose surface does not comply with regulations
If the opponent, or anything the opponent wears or carries, moves the playing surface (meaning the surface on which the game is played: table, net assembly etc.)
If the opponent, or anything the opponent wears or carries, touches the net assembly
If the opponent’s free hand touches the playing surface
As provided by the Expedite System
The Expedite System
The expedite system is introduced if a set has not finished after a play of 10 minutes or at any earlier time at the request of both players or pairs. An exception is made in the instance where both players or pairs have scored at least nine points, at which case the expedite system can not be introduced.
If the 10-minute time period lapses while the ball is in play, the umpire interrupts the play by calling ‘time’. The match resumes with service by the player who served in the rally that was interrupted. Otherwise, if at the lapse of 10 minutes the ball is not in play, play shall resume with service by the player who received in the preceding rally.
Under the expedite system, each player makes a service. If the receiving player or pair makes 13 good returns, the receiver shall score a point. Once introduced, the expedite system remains in operation until the end of the match.
Two major techniques have been developed in Table Tennis and they are related to the way the player grips the racket:
Asian grip (or ‘penholder’)
From the very definition, it is easy to grasp what the Asian type grip is, meaning that it is held the same way we grip a pen when writing.
There are two variations, which are related to the positioning of the fingers on the handle: the Chinese and the Japanese grip. The Asian grip technique is the main grip used by players from the Far East, although many athletes all over the word use it as well.
Players grip the racket by the handle as in Tennis or rackets. Depending on the way they play their game, players are separated into two major categories: offensive and defensive, each one having its own subcategories.