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  • 28Apr

    Practice over; it was stretch, stretch and more stretching for
    Denmark’s Michael maze after his training session in the Yokohama Arena
    on Monday 27th April 2009, the day prior to the start of the H.I.S.
    World Championships.

    The reason for the exercises being to take care of the body and especially the lower back.

    It
    was that part of the body which had caused him problems earlier in the
    year in February in what has turned out to be a complete reversal of
    fortunes.
    In the third round of the Men’s Singles event at the Salwa Cup
    Kuwait Open. Maze was forced to withdraw from the competition at the
    end of the fifth game against Timo Boll.

    Ironic
    Ironically
    it is a similar injury to that encountered by Maze in Kuwait that has
    forced Boll to withdraw from the H.I.S. World Championships.

    The German is suffering but for the Dane it is totally the opposite scenario. He is fully fit.

    Totally Unexpected
    "I
    didn’t play for just over a week following Kuwait", explained Michael
    Maze. "After that I was fine and I feel no ill effects."

    The injury in Kuwait was completely unexpected.

    No Explanation
    "It
    wasn’t an old injury and in the first two rounds I had felt fine",
    continued Maze. "It’s something I can’t explain and neither can anyone
    else; I’ve had medical help but no doctor has been able to give a
    reason for what happened in Kuwait."

    However, as he prepared in
    Yokohama, he was clearly taking no chances and if there is to be a
    threat to the might of Asia in the H.I.S. World Championships, then
    Maze is one of the candidates to supply the upset.

    Shanghai 2005
    He
    proved he is more than capable by clinching a bronze medal in 2005 in
    Shanghai at the Volkswagen 48th World Championships; a tournament in
    which he was injury free but soon after started to suffer.

    "Yes,
    I started to have pains in my lower back, especially on the right hand
    side in 2005", explained Maze. "Before that no real problems; now my
    back is not that strong."

    Played Freely
    In
    Yokohama, as he practised there appeared no signs of pain or problems
    with Maze attributing the injury incurred in Kuwait to a punishing
    schedule.

    "I think I’ve only really had two weeks rest in the
    last 14 months", said the Danish star. "I’ve had no real rest and that
    causes physical problems, it’s the same for Timo."

    Ready for the Challenge
    The pressures of modern day sport, as for Michael Maze all looks well.

    Certainly
    the travails of Kuwait are resigned to history and one of the world’s
    most talented table tennis players is fit and well; ready for the
    challenge, ready to repeat the exploits of 2005.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:18 am

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