Xu Xin Table Tennis
Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China
|left-handed, penhold grip|
|1.81 m (5'11")|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lbs.)|
Xu Xin (simplified Chinese: 许昕; traditional Chinese: 許昕; pinyin: Xǔ Xīn; born 8 January 1990) is a Chinese table tennis player and is currently the number 3 ranked player in the world, as of March 2016.
Xu Xin is a STIGA sponsored athlete. He uses a STIGA Intensity NCT as his blade, a custom made DHS Hurricane 3 NEO rubber for his backhand (red), and a DHS NEO Skyline 3 TG3 (Blue Sponge) for his forehand (black).
Xu Xin is one of the few penhold grip players in China, especially among the younger generation who are mostly shakehand players. He follows the footsteps of other penhold champions such as Wang Hao and Ma Lin.
With his long arms and frame, he is able to more easily reach balls hit wide. His long arms enable a graceful, unique forehand loop, with his arm almost fully outstretched. He has also adopted the reverse penhold backhand grip, a recent development for China's backhand penholders, allowing a two winged attack. He still uses a traditional penhold backhand to block, lob, and push the ball with the forehand side of his racket.
Xu Xin's main strength is his shot variation and blazing forehand loops at mid to far distance. He is also a good lob defender, with great serves and decent footwork. However, his preference to play at a far distance is also one of his main weaknesses. While giving himself more time between shots, it also gives his opponents more time to react and he can be tamed by skillful attackers with good shot selection and neat placement. He is also somewhat of a 'crowd entertainer' often coming up with wild, and sometimes inappropriate shots. This is perhaps due to his playful nature and confidence in playing. He admitted that he hopes to try to be more efficient and effective with his shot selection as he matures and carries more responsibilities.
In January 2013, he reached the number one spot in the World Rankings thanks to the points obtained by winning the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December 2012.
In January 2014, Xu Xin defended his title by beating world number 1 ranked Ma Long in the finals match of the 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals held in Dubai.
- World Tour winner (×8): Kuwait Open 2010; Slovenian Open 2011, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012; China Open 2012, Russian Open 2012, Korea Open 2013; Japan (Yokohama) Open 2015.
Runner-up (×2): Belarus Open 2008; Korea Open 2012.
- World Championships: winner (2011); runner-up (2009).
- World Tour winner (×8): Slovenian, Danish, Qatar Open 2009; China Open 2010; English, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012, Russian Open 2012; Kuwait Open 2013.
Runner-up (×6): China (Suzhou) Open 2009; Qatar, Kuwait Open 2010; UAE Open 2011; Hungarian, Slovenian Open 2012.
- Asian Games: runner-up (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009).
- World Championships: QF (2009), winner (2015).
- Asian Games: winner (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2012), SF (2009).
- World Championships: winner (2010, 12, 14).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13).