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.
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.