Consolation round 3: Sébastien Jance (FRA).
His forehand has improved quite a lot lately, so focus was in his backhand and to stop him from attacking inside the court (long looped shots that is). To get him to move from side to side was also in the mix.
4-6 in the first set. Played really well, although my return on my backhand was a bit too flat (going too long). Get the backhand top to work on return, and angle the racquet some more!…
In the second set, it was (yet again) very tight in the deciding game. The longest I think I ever played, with numerous advantage points to go 3-3. 2-4 instead turned out to be too much to recover from. 4-6, 2-4 was the score.
A great game, with some really nice backhand winners. A bit too many backhand returns going out though, and some too soft forehand placements though (giving him the opportunity to attack). I’ll learn from it, but it´s always tough to lose a close game.
I also played a training game set in doubles with Pascal, Thomas and Sophie, with Thomas´racquet being 25 grams lighter than mine. That gave me ideas to improve my backhand returns when pressed for time, albeit that the forehand shots lose some power. Maybe that the forehand spins can improve with a faster swing ? Adjusted with some head weights to make up for the loss in power? The questions need to be sorted out in practise…
Merci beaucoup la Belgique, pour cette semaine!
A l’année prochaine!
All for now, over and out!