I had a pretty good day today!
5-9 in doubles but it was fun.
In singles, it was 3-6 7-5 (7-10), so I lost but the thing is I came back from 3-6 2-5 down, winning of course 5 games in a row to take that set. I was actually patient, extended the rallies, and it paid off. He made a lot of mistakes. But I also counterbalanced that by returning aggressively and increasing the pace in the rally when it was sensible.
Towards the end, it was time I had to leave for work (I ended up a half hour late
) so I was thinking about that a bit. I wasn't sure what to do - during the time I was deciding whether to stop playing, tank and give him the match or keep playing hard I lost my patience, reverted to my old self and stuff. I ended up winning the set anyway (it's simply not in me to tank I guess).
I lost the STB mostly through some impatient mistakes. I'm not really used to a TB situation at all, mostly because I usually lose really badly
. But I'm not even sad, 'cause this is the first time I lost and still thought 'OK, maybe I can actually play this game'. I knew I had the shots but my impatience and refusal to extend the rallies has always killed me in matches past. It did in the end today too, but at least I now know there's hope of controlling it.
I am quite proud of myself. Today was a step forward.