TT is fantastic. I'm getting really comfortable with my volley skills in this game. There were a few intense sequences where we were just throwing flaming power bombs back and forth non-stop before the ball finally dropped - I felt like I was in one of those Chinese TT tournament videos
. I've 3-starred every opponent in the Gold Cup so far except I recently lost a few close ones to Kenji at the end. By forcing myself to replay every 1-star and 2-star victory, it has sharpened my overall abilities as I face the next opponent.
General tips: each opponent has his/her play style and weaknesses. Look at their profile for general hints before a match. Play enough and you will start to see openings while anticipating how to guard against their best attacks.
I'm 6-ft, so maybe my long arms helps me a bit but I like to stay on the mid left side of the table where I can backhand if I need to while stretching to reach table edge shots hitting the right side without lunging too much.
My backhand is solid since I don't try to add too much force when I have to use it. I focus on keeping the ball in play rather than power and placement, though I can add some heat if I am comfortably ahead.
One of the key things to work on is attacking the net for power controlled shots or knowing when to back away to guard against fiery spike returns. Even when the opponent is adding crazy spin to the ball, you can generally see their arm motion to predict what type of shot is coming at you before they actually hit the ball. Be aware that they can fake a power shot and just dribble it over the net - but that is usually character specific (i.e. Kenji).
I limit myself to one or two TT sessions a day since my shoulder healed up. I don't want to overdo it again, and plus I need to save energy for Gladiator. A final thought - it's still hard to believe how much you end up sweating after these two games. BTW, as inspiration for any of you getting beat like Kenji did to me, here's an awesome sequence from the real game: