Northern Section Champion!

Saturday was a long day, and due to rain we moved the singles Quarterfinal matches indoors. It was against a player I practice with frequently, and though I usually do not have much trouble, he serves and hits huge and can be fairly dangerous at times. The indoor surface at the facility is the most unique I have encountered. It is the slowest and grittiest I have ever seen, and I was having a difficult time adjusting. I was way ahead and early on several shots and making a lot of bad errors. That, combined with my opponent playing better than usual, I ended up going to a tiebreak and was really frustrated and in disbelief. To top it off, I hurt my knee on a slide, and with 2 net cord winners from him in the tiebreak, I found myself down a set.

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US Open Sectional

This weekend we have the US Open National Playoff sectional for the Northern division, and it will be played at the University of Minnesota. It is nice to have a local tournament after having to travel and be gone for a week in San Diego! There is quite a mix of players in all of the events, and with some tough competition as well. The weather has turned quite humid and sometimes very warm recently, so I always leave the courts drenched!

I started with singles and the afternoon, and cruised along pretty well to win 6-0 6-0. I played on court next to Brian Battistone, who I may end up against in the final. It was interesting to see him playing in person with his jump serving and two-handled racquet, and he plays tough. Another tough opponent, Evan Song, withdrew apparently from an injury and is not here. After finishing, I was able to watch my mixed doubles partner go up against a currently ranked top 500 WTA player. A few things here and there did not quite go her way as she lost 7-6 6-4, but I would say the result is commendable for a 14 year old.
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