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My "match" with Kamal Achanta, WR #72

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Topic: My "match" with Kamal Achanta, WR #72
Posted By: JimT
Subject: My "match" with Kamal Achanta, WR #72
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 11:25am
Hi guys,

I generally hate my videos but here I decided to publish this one, since it's just fun. Our coach brought in his friend from many years ago (I think they played together in India when they were juniors) - Kamal Sharath Achanta, WR #72. He had some demo practice and short matches with a lot of us - I would guess more than a dozen people played him.

He is very nice, quiet guy - he played great tennis with a completely new (to him) setup provided to him by Killerspin, his new sponsor.

So anyway, we had fun. I edited the video to get rid of some embarassing (to me) moments, so as you can see I win all the time!! Wink Makes me wonder why I am not in the top ten yet...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiyRBPVMbs - JimT vs Kamal Achanta

Great New Year present to our club members. I have some more very short clips where he plays Grant Li and some other players, but they are not as good as mine, of course Wink


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 11:26am
You may notice that everybody is playing rather loose, no pressure, so don't judge me too harshly. Not to mention my bad left knee prevented me from winning - otherwise I would prevail, no doubt! Tongue

Also - I am using Nexy Color with LKT Rapid Speed 2.2 FH and Gambler Wraith 2.2 BH.


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Posted By: theman
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 11:29am
pushblocker will be proud, those bh winners were superb! very lucky to play against him, he is 2006 commonwealth games gold medalist! top class player, champions league player, nice jimmy!

finally seeing jim in the flesh, some bald guy who cant play LOL


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 11:35am
Originally posted by theman theman wrote:


finally seeing jim in the flesh, some bald guy who cant play


who's bald? it's by choice, my friend! I just look better with no hair on my beautiful round head! honestly, I do! Tongue


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Posted By: ttCrawsaive
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 12:18pm
nice video!
I played saive once zzzzz...
Do you really Train with him?
 


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 12:21pm
Of course not, he just stopped by for a couple of days on his way back home from Killerspin Invitational.

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Posted By: Skyline
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:03pm
Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Of course not, he just stopped by for a couple of days on his way back home from Killerspin Invitational.
 
JimT are you a flat hitter? How do you like the Wraith for flat hitting and punch blocking, is it a lot more sensitive to spin than outlaw?


Posted By: dragon kid
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:10pm
Darn..he has no chance against you,  you should be in the top 50 .. LOL

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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:17pm
Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Of course not, he just stopped by for a couple of days on his way back home from Killerspin Invitational.
 
JimT are you a flat hitter? How do you like the Wraith for flat hitting and punch blocking, is it a lot more sensitive to spin than outlaw?


I like flat hitting once in a while but generally I am a combo-style player, I spin a little and I block a little and I flat-hit some and I even chop once in a while.

I like Wraith for all of that to tell you the truth. It is imho a bit less sensitive to incoming spin than Outlaw which shouldn't be the case as Outlaw is harder and non-tacky.


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:18pm
Originally posted by dragon kid dragon kid wrote:

Darn..he has no chance against you,  you should be in the top 50 .. LOL


That's what I am saying, man... it must be a conspiracy.


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Posted By: dragon kid
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:24pm
You need to video your matches against Ovtcharov or Mizutani, with some editing job, you'll be in the top ten before long.. LOL

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Posted By: Skyline
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 1:29pm
I hope not that those points are  all the points you won in the whole match haha.


Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 2:18pm
Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

I hope not that those points are  all the points you won in the whole match haha.


That's cold, my friend... Cry

The final score was 11-7


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 2:19pm
Originally posted by dragon kid dragon kid wrote:

You need to video your matches against Ovtcharov or Mizutani, with some editing job, you'll be in the top ten before long.. LOL


Those guys don't even have a prayer against my mighty video-editing software!


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Posted By: goldfish
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 2:40pm
Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Of course not, he just stopped by for a couple of days on his way back home from Killerspin Invitational.
Where he beat Schlager, and almost Chen Qi.

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Posted By: dragon kid
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 3:02pm
Originally posted by goldfish goldfish wrote:

Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Of course not, he just stopped by for a couple of days on his way back home from Killerspin Invitational.
Where he beat Schlager

Oh no.. now we are eager to see your video against pushblocker, Jim LOL


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 3:08pm
Only if I learn to magically transport myself to Florida...


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Posted By: dragon kid
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 3:13pm
btw, if you don't mind me asking, what's your USATT rating?

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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by dragon kid dragon kid wrote:

btw, if you don't mind me asking, what's your USATT rating?


It fluctuates... I don't play a lot of tourneys and the ones I play it's hard to change my rating since there is not a lot of people in New England with ratings above 1900-2000. Formally it is around 1900 but I (of course! Wink) believe it should be higher... like 2037 or smth... especially when I fix my bum knee and lose another 10 pounds of fat.


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Posted By: Heimdallalso
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 4:01pm
Well done Jim...
Clap
thanks for sharing.

relaxed
the way to be
most often
love the BH
not enough to leave my short pips though
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Posted By: BeaverMD
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 4:39pm
Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

You may notice that everybody is playing rather loose, no pressure, so don't judge me too harshly. Not to mention my bad left knee prevented me from winning - otherwise I would prevail, no doubt! Tongue

Also - I am using Nexy Color with LKT Rapid Speed 2.2 FH and Gambler Wraith 2.2 BH.
I don't think your knee was the problem.  It's the dark socks with white athletic shoes Smile Great vid, buddy.


Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 5:27pm
Originally posted by BeaverMD BeaverMD wrote:

Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

You may notice that everybody is playing rather loose, no pressure, so don't judge me too harshly. Not to mention my bad left knee prevented me from winning - otherwise I would prevail, no doubt! Tongue

Also - I am using Nexy Color with LKT Rapid Speed 2.2 FH and Gambler Wraith 2.2 BH.
I don't think your knee was the problem.  It's the dark socks with white athletic shoes Smile Great vid, buddy.


Making fun of my fashion taste, huh? Angry

I happen to think that black socks in white sneakers is the ultimate TT weapon!


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Posted By: kenneyy88
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 5:38pm
Boring! Show the rest of the video of Achanta owning you!


Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 5:47pm
Originally posted by kenneyy88 kenneyy88 wrote:

Boring! Show the rest of the video of Achanta owning you!


It was mostly unforced errors on my part, so actually that part is way more boring. Kamal didn't force anything. He knows how to play guys of my level in demo matches - the main idea for everyone is just to have fun and try not to overdo things.


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Posted By: BeaverMD
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 6:30pm
Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:


Making fun of my fashion taste, huh? Angry

 
Nah, the MYTT.net t-shirt looks good on you Smile


Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 12/31/2009 at 11:14pm
Originally posted by BeaverMD BeaverMD wrote:

Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:


Making fun of my fashion taste, huh? Angry

 
Nah, the MYTT.net t-shirt looks good on you Smile


Thanks! I really like it. I used cotton T-shirts first, then Dawei shirts from ColesTT, and I now I like this one from GuoQiu the best. I sweat a lot and this T-shirt is really good for me.


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 01/01/2010 at 8:59am
Originally posted by Heimdallalso Heimdallalso wrote:

Well done Jim...
Clap
thanks for sharing.

relaxed
the way to be
most often
love the BH
not enough to leave my short pips though
huh


Well, come over to our club and we'll give your pips some proper testing! Wink


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Posted By: saif
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 12:38am
With knee problem like that you moved aound pretty well JimT. And let me tell you, your BH is dangerous for any player regardless of their level.

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Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 3:24am
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Posted By: qynthnghm
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 3:36am
Great video + editing, Jim. You were murdering him.

That Wraith seems to be working very well for you. Glad to finally see the face behind the Spongebob icon.


Posted By: dauntless
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 4:36am
It wasn't always a sponge bob... was it?
I think you had another avatar when I 1st joined.

Good stuff. I am impressed with your play. I played a fairly high ranking player once and he did the same thing as you mentioned above: controlled, relaxed play -- with amazing spin variation and measured loops. It is so amazing to play with a good player... it must have been something altogether different to be able to play with a player of this caliber... lucky guy.

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Posted By: pingpongrob
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 6:58am
Originally posted by JimT JimT wrote:

Hi guys,

I generally hate my videos but here I decided to publish this one, since it's just fun. Our coach brought in his friend from many years ago (I think they played together in India when they were juniors) - Kamal Sharath Achanta, WR #72. He had some demo practice and short matches with a lot of us - I would guess more than a dozen people played him.

He is very nice, quiet guy - he played great tennis with a completely new (to him) setup provided to him by Killerspin, his new sponsor.

So anyway, we had fun. I edited the video to get rid of some embarassing (to me) moments, so as you can see I win all the time!! Wink Makes me wonder why I am not in the top ten yet...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiyRBPVMbs - JimT vs Kamal Achanta

I like your Style JimT. Excellant play. For some strange reason I though you were a lot younger (in your 20's).Shocked


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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 11:04am
Oh that's what all my girlfriends keep telling me, Rob Wink

I wish I were in my 20s - then I would be really ripping it up. I was 30 pounds lighter then and didn't have any knee or back problems. Not to mention, a lot more time for practices and tournaments...


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Posted By: holda
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 11:30am
wish you had your speed 90 and just some longer video episode.i think speed 90 is meant for you just fine,though i don't know how the other blade feels in comparison with speed 90.

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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 12:12pm
I am basically playing either with DS 90 or with Nexy Color - my other main blade WRC-10 has a slightly more aggressive balance (into the head) and it is not always good for me. I also tried Nittaku Violin a few days ago and it plays great but I cannot come to grips (Tongue) with its tiny short handle.

I will try and ask someone to film me playing with DS 90 - then I will of course edit it to make me look like a table tennis giant that I am Wink... then I will post it as well.

Thanks for the kind words.


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Posted By: holda
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 12:52pm
JimT, I know you said you were satisfied with your current blades..I just want to say that I didn't initially like either Fl or regular straight handle on Nittaku Violin,but
I found a solution-grip tape-soft,made out of leather like material.So in the future,if temptation will again dominate,a heavy weight Violin and a piece of tape could do some good things for you.I think you don't need anything else anymore,though.
Oh,these rubbers are Gambler wraigh?

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Posted By: JimT
Date Posted: 01/03/2010 at 2:31pm
Yes, on the backhand of almost all of my combos I use Wraith.

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Posted By: rokphish
Date Posted: 01/04/2010 at 2:55am
Lucky you... I might have the chance to play with WR335 (NED 3rd) Merijn De Bruin... he said he's on holiday in Bali and might come to my city. i offered to setup playing with several national players here and also unorthodox players in the area...

If i had the money and spare time i would go to Bali and go after him...


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Posted By: shingouki666
Date Posted: 01/04/2010 at 3:34am
Nice one JimT!


Posted By: BH-Man
Date Posted: 01/04/2010 at 9:11am
Originally posted by rokphish rokphish wrote:

Lucky you... I might have the chance to play with WR335 (NED 3rd) Merijn De Bruin... he said he's on holiday in Bali and might come to my city. i offered to setup playing with several national players here and also unorthodox players in the area...

If i had the money and spare time i would go to Bali and go after him...
 
My friend Rokphish, the way you wrote this, some people might think you are a stalker !! 
 
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