Ask A Pro Anything: Chuang Chih-Yuan is Latest Subject
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Chuang Chih-Yuan, the mainstay for Chinese Taipei
Photo By: Rémy Gros
Note the names for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, note the names for the Menís World Cup and one name throughout this century appears time and time again.
It is the name of Chuang Chih-Yuan. He has led the cause of Chinese Taipei in every conceivable major event throughout this century; whether it be the Olympic Games, the Asian Games or the World Championships, his name is written on the team sheet, the rest are added later.
Entertaining to Watch Always it is a delight to watch the now 34 year old extol his art; time and again he is embroiled in top spin rallies.
It is a style of play that entertains, a style that brings gasps of admiration from the crowd.
Improvement Equally, all the time he is seeking to improve seeking to make progress; by his own admission he has endured nightmares over the years against defensive players but in recent times he has found solutions.
The record against the superb Korean backspin artist endorses the point; the first seven times that he played Joo Saehyuk on the international scene he lost; the most recent six, he leads by four matches to two.
Medals Richly Deserved Memorably, his win over the Korean at the quarter-final stage of the Menís Team event at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo secured Chinese Taipei, the bronze medal in the Menís event.
It was arguably the performance of the whole tournament; that medal and the one secured one year earlier at the Liebherr 2013 World Championships, when he won the Menís Doubles title in harness with Chen Chien-An were just rewards for a stalwart of the sport.
Agonising Fourth Place Conversely Chuang Chih-Yuan has suffered agonies; fourth place in the Menís Singles event at the London 2012 Olympic Games was a bitter pill to swallow, one place short of a medal.
Yet when interviewed there were no recriminations, a philosophical approach, such is Chuang Chih-Yuan.
Similar Reaction It is in that manner he answers the questions set by Adam Bobrow in Ask A Pro Anything.