South Africa Open, Jo-burg, 2014 – Day 2

The consolation was against a new Israeli player, Itai Erenlib. A very flat serve and not many shots with spin felt great to play against. However, he pushed his shots quite hard, making me return short shots, easy lay-away for him. My serve needs to be better placed to avoid direct attacks on a right-handed forehand. 1-6, 0-6, was not much to write home about…

The doubles againat Mathebula/Mohlamonyan (RSA) was a really fun game, the first set was my best yet. My partner Steve Kekai (RSA) and me complemented each other well with great serves, and sliced attacks from him alongside high and deep loops from me, with the occassional slice close to the net. However, the figured out my Akilles heal, and we didn’t manage to turn things around meeting high extreme spins to my backhand. At the end we were both so tense that we lost 6-4, 2-6, 0-6. David Mathebula gave me really useful pointer after the game on meeting his powerchair topspins. Highly appreciated!
Two great weeks among new friends with a lot to learn from. I will come back!
All for now, over & out!


South Africa Open, Jo-burg, 2014 – Day 1

My hopes for a better draw in singles this week were soon shattered as I was up against the local hero, world no. 2, Lucas Sithole (RSA).
The hard hitting forehand great won easily with 0-6, 1-6. Too lose serves from me made this a quick affair. Things to bring home are however a needed focus on relaxed long returns to enable rallies, preferably forehand slices making it easier to return hard shots accurately.

Not much to write home about…
All for now, over & out!