I was up against top seed Shraga Weinberg (ISR)..:-(
However when I kept my returns long as one should, rallies were started.. Had quite a few really nice rather long rallies, but sadly couldn’t capitalize on the open-court straight shots I was given/produced. His top-spin was a bit harder than I anticipated..:-( (Although not impossible once you get the hang of it, the doubles later taught me..)
A few advantage games and three games points, will stick with me as proof of steps taken forward, although I lost 0-6, 0-6..
The doubles (me and Anders Hård against Weinberg/Lev (ISR)) proved both a lot of fun, challenging, at times quite close, disapponting, and a proof of improvements, all rolled into one.
Quite tight games all the way, although we were one step behind for most of the game: 1-2, 2-2, 2-4, 4-4, 4-5, and then two game points to go 5-5.. Instead of securing a very tight finish we sadly lost 4-6, in the first set.
The second set continued quite promising, but sadly Lev’s strong volleys and lay-aways at the net, combined with Weinberg’s strong top-spins got the better of us.. 4-6, 3-6.
All current disappointment aside though, I guess I have never played a more consistent and well played doubles game.
In a few days, I hope to feel proud..
A great tournament at an end for me. Cheering for Anders in the semi’s against Shraga Weinberg next (tomorrow).
All for now, over & out!