Zhang Benzhihe, 15, beat Chinas Lin Gaoyuan to become the youngest world champion in the mens singles final of the 2018 Professional Tour yesterday. This is the latest time that Chinese team lost to Japanese players in the world championship in a single event after Zhu Yuling lost to Ito Meicheng recently.
Today, Zhang Benzhihe is actually the No. 1 main force in Japan. Forget that hes only 15 years old. If he can reach the top two of the worlds top associations, it doesnt matter whether hes 15 or 25 years old. Needless to think about the future, hes in big trouble now.
One of the current arguments is that the Japanese team often has young players who become famous, but later development is often not so smooth, so even now very strong, the future should not be afraid.
This argument may not be unreasonable, but behind it are actually two questions:
The first Japanese team is not as broad as the Chinese team, and the children who are willing to play the best are usually of ordinary physical fitness, but the type with flexible mind and good sense of hand, which is easy to be lethal in adulthood and easy to enter the plateau stage.
Second, the Japanese team has gained a lot in training young players these years, but its experience in cultivating world-class players is much rarer. To put it bluntly, when the level of the junior players reaches a certain level, the level of the coach begins to restrict the development.
First, if you pay attention, some fans in some years talk about Zhang Benzhihe, but they are not really talking about his age, but often say that he is now 1.75 meters tall - almost to become the height of the Japanese mens team. Hes grown well now. Theres enough room for him to grow muscle in the future. Theres room for him to improve his absolute batting quality. It is unlikely that the average Japanese players batting quality will be insufficient when he becomes an adult.
Second, Zhangs father is still responsible for his daily training. In training world-class players, the Chinese experience and thinking level is much richer than that of Japan; besides, Zhang Bens mother, Zhang Ling, is also a figure who played in the World Championships on behalf of the Chinese team - Zhang Benjia has first-hand experience in training world-class players compared with most Japanese coaches who are still training absolutely world-class coaches. This experience gives them a very realistic experience of their goals, not just a concept in a vacuum.
From the perspective of Zhang Bens fathers creation of Zhang Ben, they have a very realistic understanding of Zhang Benzhihes strengths and strengths, and also do not ignore his weaknesses. His playing style is very suitable for his own characteristics, but also for the current plastic ball (spin is weakened, very suitable for high-speed combat). Their family has made him realistic and long-term, and there is little reason to stop today.
He has a very mature mind and a rare passion in table tennis. Those who have dealt with him know that he is well protected by his family, so that not too much off-site noise can affect his training and life too much. Outside the field, he is a very common, well-educated child in Japan. He speaks quietly and quietly, with simple mind, training and devotion, and has a regular life. The mature mind that this kind of life fosters allows him to really play his passion (not just the volume) in the game: he has been striving to win in the adult world since he was twelve or thirteen years old, but never feared, just did his best.
Many of the young peoples problems rarely happen to Zhang Benzhi: he is seldom impetuous, seldom impetuous, and almost goes all out in the competition (compared with the Japanese players around him knows this is valuable), regardless of the state of the day, the success of the competition plan or not, he always faithfully carries out, and seldom loses control.
And these things, a considerable number of veterans can not do.
The same was true of Fan Zhendong.
In theory, Zhang Benzhihes playing method is not without problems, or on the contrary, his playing method is a typical product of modern sports: maximizing the strength, then emphasizing the combination of their strengths, maximizing efficiency, not too concerned about what they cant do. His backhand halfway and diagonal are absolutely strong, but in contrast, when the opponents backhand is also strong, the middle can well limit his play (lost to Pitchford in this way); his first three boards are relatively monotonous, not much change (Xu Xin beats flowers and fruits a few times in the front); his forehand certainly has room for improvement, and overall he is a standing player. Walking offense is not his strong point, and so on.
But even with this, he is already a very strong player, so out of respect for his strength, please do not use potential to measure him. This year as a measure of future development, his level will be projected to an incredible degree, which is too unrealistic. So from now on, forget his age, identity or other, and focus on the teenagers game, because more excitement is ahead.