Today was the last day of the tournament. It has been a great week with near perfect weather most days. I really enjoyed my time with my host as well.
Yesterday’s doubles semifinal could definitely have been better. Nothing was going our way and were weren’t converting on many break and game point opportunities. But the other team played great. We ended up losing but were excited to compete for 3rd/4th and the potential to win a gold ball.
Without a singles match to play, I was able to sleep in and get to the courts around 11. Though I hated not being out there, I was able to watch a couple matches before getting in a hit.
One match in particular was entertaining — both players were very emotional and mouthing off to each other. My opponent from yesterday was able to win in 3 sets again. Did I mention that it killed me not to be playing still?
But, the fact is that I was still in the doubles, and I expected a tough, close match. In fact, it turned out to be just that!
I woke up again this morning hoping that my leg would hold up to give me a chance to compete. After a decent warmup, I felt as ready as possible given the circumstances.
My opponent was a very good young player who has committed to play for Virginia next year. He seemed flashy at first, playing quick and going for shots. I had a scouting report from a friend and thought it might be pretty accurate.
I started off the way I typically do — a little nervous, tight, yet focused. We were both striking the ball well and making aggressive plays, as well as unforced errors. He had a pretty good serve, and we kept holding til 5-5. I was playing fairly solid, and again pleased with how my leg was feeling. I even was running hard after tough shots and making defensive plays, which I hadn’t been able to do for about a week. Still uncomfortable and with the leg in my mind, I noticed that my footwork was hesitant at times. I was able to make some clutch plays to break and hold for a 7-5 win.