Another dreary day in Minnesota, so the matches were held indoors. I watched most of the women’s singles final between 2 fantastic 14 year old players. My friend Alexis ended up losing in a close 3rd set and I know she was disappointed, but they both played so well — it was fun to watch. My singles final was next up, and I felt energized and ready to go.
I got off to a good start with good serves and returns, and both of us playing aggressive but with him missing a bit more, I went up 3-0. From there we both were playing first strike tennis with good serves, going after the returns and second balls, and we traded holds until I won the set 6-3. Mid-way through the first set I realized that one of my shoes was worn out enough with a hole under the toe, so I switched shoes and to a tighter strung racquet and was feeling more comfortable out there. However, he continued to hit and serve quite well and I was not able to attack a lot.
Today we began the tournament at my home club at LifeTime Fitness Fridley. It has been really rainy, windy and cool here all week, with possible thunderstorms in the forecast for this weekend, but we were able to get the matches in outside today (luckily we have indoor backup if necessary).
My match today was against a very good junior in our section. He is a 6’3″ lefty that serves well, and is pretty solid at the baseline. After settling into the first set, I was playing fine and took it 6-2, then broke serve to start the second set. At that point, I had a bad game missing some easy shots and serves to lose it back. I was rattled, frustrated and continued to make a lot of errors but we both were holding serve. Despite the struggle, I pulled it together to take the second set and match 6-4. It is never fun playing below where you would like, and against a tougher opponent I know I will have to stay mentally strong and not let it affect my game. I am confident in my ability to do this, and it was just “one of those days” today!