USATT'S Thursday Night Live: Sung Seals Series Win for Team Butterfly - Butterfly Table Tennis
Site Products

USATT’S Thursday Night Live: Sung Seals Series Win for Team Butterfly

(by Steve Hopkins)

USA Table Tennis conducted its ninth Challenge Series event this week.   The event was another battle of the sexes with Aziz Zarehbin taking on Rachel Sung.  The promising junior Zarehbin represented Team Nittaku and Rachel Sung represented Team Butterfly.

Rachel started hot, cruising to an 11-3 win.  The second game was much like the first early.  Rachel establishing an early lead and then pulled ahead to 10-4, but it was Aziz who dominated from that point forward running off 6 points in a row to tie the score.  In the T2 format, there is no deuce, so with the score tied 10-10, Aziz’s short return fell into the net ending his come-back and handing Rachel a 2-0 lead in games.  During the Aziz run, he showcased some of the big shots that he is known for – strong forehand winners, and heavy angled backhands sending Rachel wide to her lefthanded forehand side.

Aziz continued his momentum, and jumped out ahead early in the third game.  He held that lead to 9-6 before Rachel mounted her comeback.  She slowed the pace down, won one point with a series of pushes to the middle of the table, and then baited him twice with slow moving balls just off of the back of the table that causes misses by an aggressive Aziz. Once tying the score, Rachel didn’t look back – winning two points in a row and taking the commanding 3-0 lead in games.

Aziz got even more aggressive in the fourth game attacking Rachel’s forehand.  He built a 4 point lead before Rachel changed the momentum and reeled him back in.  The two players seemed even when rallies were extended with topspin rallies, but Rachel has a savviness in her game that gives her some easy points with safe balls, variation, different speeds, and different spins.  After tying the score at 6-6, the two players traded points until an amazing block put Rachel up 10-8.  Final score 11-9 in the fourth game for a 4-0 win.

The win seals victory for Team Butterfly.  The final series score is 6-3.  Congratulations to team captain David Sakai, and the rest of Team Butterfly.

Thursday Night Live – Week 9

Rachel Sung vs Aziz Zarehbin

Posted by USA Table Tennis on Thursday, October 1, 2020


Sign up to stay In the Loop with Butterfly table tennis products, table tennis news, upcoming tournaments, tournament results and more.

Dignics 09C - Now Available

Latest News

Coaching Tip of the Week: Sometimes Hit Twice to the Same Spot

October 19, 2020
(By Larry Hodges) In table tennis, it’s good to keep moving the ball around to make an opponent… Read More

WAB Club Feature: NY Indoor Sports Club

October 18, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) With their club location in College Point, just off of the 678/Whitestone Expressway, the New York… Read More

PongNow: Stephanie Sun

October 16, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) The PongNow interview series discusses table tennis with some of the best players and personalities… Read More

USATT’S Thursday Night Live: The Rachel Yang Show

October 15, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) USA Table Tennis continued its T2 Challenge Series this week.  The team format from previous… Read More

PINGPOD Hosts Launch Party: Dora Kurimay Series

October 14, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) This week, PINGPOD held a launch party celebration at their facility in Manhattan.  The event… Read More

Ask The Experts: Truong Tu, No. 360

October 13, 2020
Butterfly Table Tennis Question and Answer Question:  Hi- I am an intermediate player , have good forehand and… Read More

BUTTERFLY FAVORITES: The Control of Tiago Apolonia

October 13, 2020
(by Steve Hopkins) This is a 2014 video posted by TT Tributes.  The focus of the video is… Read More

AIBISS review by Sponsored Coaches and Olympian Tawny Banh

October 12, 2020
(By USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame – Tawny Banh) Butterfly released Aibiss in June of 2020. It… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.