Somewhat-Less-Than-Excellent Adventures Of Topaz, Cindy & Alice: The 3 Racqueteers!

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  1. Cindysphinx

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    Pssssst! Topaz! Are you out there? How has your 2009 been going?

    Over here across the river, it's been tough sledding. I'm losing. A lot.

    Ladies 3.5 Day -- 2-4
    Mixed 7.0 -- 2-3
    Combo 7.5 -- 0-4
    Combo 6.5 -- 4-2

    Oh sure, I have my excuses. Two of the mixed losses were because my partner has chronic ankle problems. One loss was a retirement at 1-3, the other one should have been a retirement. And sometimes there is no excuse, like my sad double-fault on set point in a tiebreak.

    Not only that, my pro is busting my chops. I told him I'd like to try to make it to 4.0 by the time I turn 50. This would require me to fight the effects of gravity, as the natural order of things is to move down as you age, not up. He said we should go for it. I then said I thought we didn't need to work on net play to reach this goal because "I'm good at net." Without missing a beat, he said -- and I am quoting here -- "Who told you that? Those ladies?" Ouch. He then explained that, no, I am not "good at net." This is because my form breaks down when I am under pressure. Having fast hands or getting the racket on a lot of volleys is not the same thing, he explained, as being good at net. Ugh. I'm afraid he is right. So we are working on it, but he is not at all impressed with what he is seeing. And neither am I.

    There are some bright spots, though. I had a recent killer 3.5 win against a tough team on Court One because I had a solid 3.5 partner (a lefty who plays deuce!). I can get way more serves back in mixed, and it is unusual for me to miss a service return in ladies. My 6.5 team went undefeated and is headed to the state championships in October. And *finally* I can take my forehand cross-court.

    Best of all, I took a set off of a 3.5 singles specialist friend. Uh huh. I was serving at love-40, 4-5 and won the set 7-5. Which is proof my groundstrokes are getting better. Huzzah!

    Anyway, it's going to be a tough spring, which is the source of my anxiety. I'm playing on that ladies 3.5 team that wants to go to The Big Show. I'm playing on a new 4.0 team. I've still got the 3.5 team that I captain. And I'm going to stop captaining 6.5 and am starting a new 7.5 team for the fall, so there's some more stress for ya.

    So that's what's new with me. And you?
     
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    Wait!! I forgot the best part! I went to Indian Wells this year. Just me and the girls, no husband, no kids, no dog.

    Ho, boy. I totally got my money's worth. We were in row 10 behind the baseline, and we were there for Monday-Wednesday, so third and fourth round matches. Our last day was the Wednesday marathon session that ran from 11:00 am to about 1:00 am. We saw:

    Verdasco/Kohnschreiber
    [some women whose names ended in -ova]
    Djokovic/Warinka
    Federer/Gonzalez
    Roddick/Ferrer
    Safina/Azarenka
    Nadal/Nalbandian

    I saw all my favorites, especially Verdasco. When Verdasco whipped Gasquet in Stadium 2, I had lucked into a seat in the second row on the baseline, about 15 feet from the sideline. The first row was reserved for players and their coaches/friends. The match is about to start, and in comes Verdasco's entourage to sit in the front row. His cute little girlfriend was in the seat right in front of me. Whenever he hit a massive winner, he would turn to her and give this amazing look. I pretended he was looking at me. ::swoon::

    Cindy -- who thoroughly enjoyed Bryan/Bryan v. Nadal/Lopez
     
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    WOW!!!! Look who's back!!!! :)
     
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    Hi Cindy!
    Welcome back! As a long time captain of women's teams, your posts were the reason I started following this forum.

    Happy to hear you're still very involved in tennis. I don't think your goal to reach 4.0 is unrealistic. I have a friend who started as a 3.0 about 5 years ago. She turns 50 this year and was also bumped to 4.5. Of course, she had an athletic background in other sports and has worked very hard. It sounds like you're working hard, too, so good luck!
     
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  5. Venetian

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    It's Cindy! I missed these adventures...
     
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    ^^^^me too. :) :evil:
     
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    Cindy! I might not have been vocal in your threads, but I also miss your presence on these boards. Keep your stories up; Adult League & Tournament Talk just isn't the same without them!
     
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    Welcome back, kiddo. Glad to see you still playing and still writing. We have a match to play one day soon.

    Hey, Lady Topaz and I are meeting some other buds Saturday at Wakefield, somewhere in Arlington (I know; I get lost over here in VA too). You should join us. Think about it.

    P.S. I was bumped to 4.0 in Memphis at 49, just a few months before the big 5-0.
     
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    Hey, stranger! Good to see you posting again.

    Remember to check-in at the Office. You have lots of mail piled up in your box.

    - KK
     
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    Sheeeeeeee's baaaaaaaack!

    No offense, nice to see you back.
     
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    Where did you sit for that match? We were behind the near baseline. Very fun (if not great) match. I had to laugh out loud when Mike let an early Nadal forehand go "long", only to have it land about 3-4 feet "in" due to the level of topspin he had probably only rarely encountered before.
     
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    Lucky, i didn't get courtside chairs for that one. I was maybe three rows up into the bleachers on the side, again on the baseline. That would be the baseline closer to the food court. I liked that position because I would also see the huge stadium screen. There was a lady with binoculars who kept updating us on the Roddick score.

    I liked that Nadal was so clearly out of his element in doubles at net. A couple of lame volleys (the kind where he just stuck his racket in front of his face) and some obvious frustration. I thought Nadal's partner was a really solid doubles partner, though.

    I also liked how Bob would yell "Mike!" for any ball he couldn't reach. :)
     
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  13. Cindysphinx

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    Pardon????
     
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    I was wondering where you have been. Great story about Nando at IW!
     
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    Cindy! I just saw this now! Don't really have much time right now...will update later, ok?

    Also, Xisbum...we're meeting in Annandale! LOL Cindy, check out the TWMAC thread if you want more info, ok? I posted it in there yesterday morning.
     
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    Told you I can get lost in a closet. All those As confuse me - Arlington, Annandale, Alexandria. How about a Beantown or Charleston in there somewhere? :confused:
     
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    Just got our indoor league schedule today...we start April 26. DC starts April 25. Whoo boy, here we go! ;)

    We have 22 matches in our indoor league! That's right...23 3.5 ladies teams, and we play each one once.

    A quick updatey for Cindy:

    Topaz has:
    *taken lots and lots of clinics, lessons, and has been working pretty hard
    *managed to actually win two 7.0 mixed matches, 2-4 overall
    *did pretty well in practice league doubles, won the last three, but I don't really keep track of all of them
    *switched racquets to the kTour
    *is putting some lead on the kTour
    *keeps reinjuring her stupid ankle :( :(

    I've got 3 teams lined up right now:
    1. Indoor NOVA (where I'll be playing singles...*gulp*)
    2. DC (where I'm...captaining...*gulp*...but have brought on two women to play doubles with...should be fun)
    3. Outdoor NOVA? Not sure this is going to happen yet or not. We usually don't start until May, and it is a small league, so still waiting to hear back about this team from our captain.
     
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    Dang, 22 matches! My three teams combined will have about 30 matches. Hence the need to join so many teams.

    Regarding instruction, what exactly are you trying to fix/improve? My own pro told me the other day What My Problem Is, and I would be interested to hear what yours is.

    Topaz, let's get together and play singles. I mean it. I can promise you truly unconventional play, complete with bizarre and unpredictable journeys to the net. I have been working very hard on groundstrokes and suchlike, and I need to keep playing practice matches. The little bit of singles practice I have had so far has already yielded modest improvement.

    Regarding your team, shout out if you are short on players. I know a couple of high 3.0s who might be interested.

    Ankle? What ankle?

    Cindy -- who is going to wind up playing in that 4.0 match on Tuesday but who is totally stoked about the partner her captain gave her
     
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    You two are so lucky to be in an area with so much tennis. I live in a rural area where people are really having a hard time with travelling to matches, etc. so they are not putting teams together. I was trying to put a 3.0 team and a 3.5 team together and no one in either Sedona or Prescott put another team together; so I bit the bullet and starting recruiting absolutely every available player in Flagstaff. I have now managed (I think) to put together two 3.0 teams and two 3.5 teams, just barely and I am the captain of all 4 teams! I should be committed, but it was the only way I could get anyone to play!

    Like I said, you are very lucky!
     
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    cindy, i feel like already know you; in fact, some people suspected that i WAS you at first (don't worry: some people suspected that i was really a hairy middle-aged man too--suspicious batards).

    but i'm alice (not really, but i'll learn to respond to it eventually), and i met topaz at a tw mac meet. she was all that was lovely and entertaining, and i can't wait to play her in the singles ladder, which sup set up. which you should join too, so that we can all play singles. together. hopefully in maryland, and not in va, where i get lost as a matter of course.

    i can't wait to see your brand of bizarre and unpredictable tennis; my own gift for frameshots is nothing short of a miracle.
     
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    Yeah, there was talk of splitting us into two flights, but I think the captains voted it down. We got our schedules today, and I'm thrilled because there are not many 9:30-on a school night matches.

    Uh, everything! LOL Probably the one thing that needs the most work right now if my serve...I can't seem to get any pop on it at all. Also working on actually having a strategy in singles, and of course, *implementing* the strategy! That seems to be the difficult part. And, lastly, working on a BH slice.

    Ok! You know, once I hit summer break, I'm freeeeeeee!

    The right one...reoccuring tendonitis. :( Feels much better today, though *knock on wood*, but I'll be wearing my brace for the whole season like a good girl.

    Have fun at 4.0. The two 4.0 dubs matches I played last year were by far the two most enjoyable matches of my season.

    I know! :) I'm not *really* complaining! *wink*

    Good work on organizing though...that's not an easy job, and many times there are people wanting/willing, but nobody steps up to take that leadership role. You know...because of all the work involved!

    LOL. Alice speaks the truth! When she first popped up and starting posting in the TWMAC thread, I was thinking "Cindy?" But, at least I never thought Alice is a hairy middle-aged man!

    Slowly but surely, we are getting some gals in the TWMAC!

    And yes, Alice's frame shots are a sight to see...except when you're the one on the other side of the net going WTF???? LOL
     
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    Well, hi there!!

    There is a singles ladder? Really?

    What level are you? Hmmm, I guess I gotta run over to the DC Board and catch up . . .

    Spokewrench, that is some accomplishment! I'm from Arizona, so I know the areas you are talking about. I would imagine they have larger populations than they did back in the day, but it cannot be easy to find players there.

    Then again, you probably don't have to deal with the dreaded Timed Matches that Topaz and I suffer through. . . .

    Have you considered starting a combo league? That might be an easy way to get through the winter and fall.
     
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    Topaz, regarding having a strategy in singles . . .

    I have one. And I don't mind telling you what it is (on account of how I can't execute it very well anyway). It is . . .

    [drumroll]

    The Circle!

    Yes, The Circle changed my life. The Circle is the idea that you draw an imaginary circle around the T. The diameter of the circle depends on how good you are. Maria Sharapova's circle is huge because she is awesome. My circle is puny because I stink (it's maybe 6-8 feet in diameter, but I'm not good at estimating distances so I could be wrong).

    Anyway, the strategy is simply that you hit every ball outside of the circle. A short ball is perfectly fine, so long as it is outside the circle. Short angles are just as good as deep angles. In fact, short angles are preferable because they force the opponent to run and to leave their court open. Where should you aim? Wherever you feel like aiming, so long as you keep the ball out of the circle. So you hit whatever shot you are comfortable hitting and are set up to hit.

    In my case, I only own a few shots: CC FH, inside-out FH, CC BH, topspin moonball off of both sides, volleys and overheads. I do not own any slice, drop shot, inside out BH, BH down the line. So I don't attempt those shots.

    The Circle is working for me much better than what I used to do, which was run opponent side to side or hit wherever they were not. This didn't work because I made too many errors hitting shots I wasn't comfortable hitting or in position to hit. It also felt like everything I did was purely reactive. With The Circle, I feel more in control because I am choosing where to hit within the range of my pitiful tennis abilities.

    There ya go.
     
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    i just finished losing all 3 of my matches in my first-ever usta league (mixed 7.0), and i'll be starting my first womens 3.0 season in a few weeks (playing singles).

    i'm excited to play singles becasue i've been playing doubles and losing, and the grass (the har-tru?) is always greener on the other side, right??
     
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  25. Topaz

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    Alice, I think you are incredibly brave to come out and play your very first matches ever at 7.0 mixed!

    Maybe we can have a mod change the title? The Somewhat-Less-Than-Excellent Adventures of Topaz, Cindy, *and* Alice!!!
     
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    not incredibly brave; incredibly & blissfully ignorant in the ways of the (sandbagging usta) world. but now that i got my "first time" over with, *cue the shania twain canadian twang* yeah, i feel like a woman!

    ooohhh...a threesome? shouldn't we at least charge admission?!?
     
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    Ditto!

    Now how do we reach a moderator to change the title?

    Alice, you *are* brave. How did those 7.0 matches go? Did you learn anything? What was your partner like?

    Ah, maybe it is time for a flashback. I remember my first 7.0 mixed match . . .

    [insert watery special effects that suggest a flashback scene is coming]

    I was a 3.0, and I had a 4.0 self-rated partner who wasn't a real 4.0. He was a former junior player who knew how to do exactly two things: Serve incredibly hard flat serves and hit a big forehand. This meant he couldn't help me at all when I was serving on account of how he couldn't volley.

    So the other guy (high 3.5) steps up to serve to me for the first time. Whippo! Serve goes right past me before I could move. I do not think I returned more than a couple of his serves all night. I had all of my old tricks that worked well against 3.0 women, though. Like charging the net indiscriminately. The opposing guy gave me quite a haircut when I tried it. His partner was a 3.5 who was experienced at mixed doubles, and she had no trouble blocking my partner's bullet serve and toying with me whenever she needed a quick point.

    Finally, we were match point down and the opposing guy was serving to me. I decided no way was he going to ace me on match point. The guy stepped out way wide toward the doubles alley. Uh oh. What did this mean? Uh . . . It meant he was going to serve wide! I decided. I edged over a bit to protect my pitiful backhand. And he launched a missil right up the T for a clean ace.

    Very humbling, that.
     
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    it's a small, small world! i just looked up the woman who i played in my first-ever match on tennislink, and you know what?? you played (and won) against her last year at finals! i'm going to have to sift through your posts now! ...so that should give you a pretty good idea of how MY match against her went: little ole' 3.0 me, in my first match, against a woman who's earned herself a nice little stack of usta playoff handtowels.

    in two of my matches, i was a 3.0 player paired with a 3.0 partner, playing two 3.5 opponents. so yeah, i left the court after each match practically baaa-ing; i felt like such a sacrifical, slaughtered lamb. and umm, i'm not really an athletic type of person (if you listen carefully, you'll hear the snickers from those who know me well, and recognize just what an understatement that is) so this idea of athletic competition is completely new to me, and i'm still trying to unpack that text.

    but i really am excited about the spring, to play singles where i could conceivably win a point from the baseline (yay!), against opponents who are also ranked 3.0 like me (double yay!!).

    and i've been thinking about my goals for my spring matches, and so far, i only have one: to be more self-encouraging during the match. see, i noticed that i'm very encouraging with my partners but really negative to myself, which i realized is nothing but counter-productive. how about you two? or anyone else? what goals would you set for yourself?
     
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    My goal is always to hit the next ball back in the court. Keeps things simple and focused. I also try to forget the last shot, because good or bad, you can't play it again.

    How's your head? I have a big bruise on my chest where Topaz nailed me with a net clipper Saturday. She was fierce on us net guys. :shock:

    P.S. You ladies don't mind if we guys post here every now and again, do you? We'll keep out if it's a private club.
     
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    No, it's not a private club! What kind of club would it be with three women rattling around by themselves? A convent, I guess.

    Alice, I have a new goal. It is a reaction to something my pro told me in his Latest Scolding. You know, lectures where every sentence seems to begin with, "You know what your problem is?" He said I want to hit everything hard. Even when I should hit defensively. Even when I am out of position or off balance. Even when a hard shot will not allow me time to recover my position.

    So my new goal is no errors on makeable balls. If my opponents want to win a point, they will have to hit a winner. Me, I'll be hitting solid shots with good technique to the right location. I'm just not seeing any women who are successful at 4.0 who are wild. I gotta be more steady and methodical if I want to hang with those ladies.

    Alice, I went 1-2 in the playoffs, so it should be easy to find that opponent in TennisLink. I remember the one win. One opponent (the 3.5 player) inexplicably fell down very early in the match. It was weird. She didn't play well and it turned out she also had a bad back. And I heard her husband had been diagnosed with something awful, so she was totally out of sorts. Perhaps her performance against you means everything is better now?
     
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    that was my goal for this past winter! to have a plan before each point...not that i was always going to be able to execute it, but so that i would stop thinking about the previous point.

    i've had a headache all weekend, but i'm not sure if it's from my rattled brain, or from the sun poisoning rash (new face wash with orange peel+weekend of sunshine=ouch & yuck), or from sitting through my nephew's high school production of les mis, complete with gunfire & a wailing marius...

    yeah...sometimes i think that i'd be safer joining a roller derby team: at least i'd be wearing protective gear!

    just for you, i'll make a special honorary membership card. tie-dyed. in electric blue. and orange. i'll even add some neon purple.
     
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    I was on a combo league last Fall. It was the first time they did that set up here.
     
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    yeah, i heard about her bad back too. but i see that she played on 3 teams this past winter, and is playing on 4 teams in the spring. and that her husband is playing on no less than 5 teams this year. so here's to their health. cheers. i can only hope that when i'm battling chronic pain and medical scares, that i'll continue to ruthlessly crush my opponents.
     
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    Had to laugh at the above. I'm glad to see you back Cindy - this board is way more interesting with you participating.
     
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    Alice, now I'm not sure we're talking about the same opponent. The 3.5 I played at Districts hasn't played this year.

    Hey, Pushy. Good too see ya, and thanks!!
     
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    Interesting idea.

    Need to try that.
     
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  37. Cindysphinx

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    Oh, man. Things are getting chaotic at 4.0, and we haven't even played our first match.

    I was supposed to play Court Two paired with a 3.5 with great hands. We practiced Saturday and did great. I was stoked.

    Woke up to an e-mail about a line-up change. It seems that the lady on Court Three was being moved to singles (for reasons too delicate to state here). Now I was on Court Three with Raiden's old 6.0 doubles partner, an athletic and nice 3.0 I played a few matches with when we were both 3.0s.

    Got lunch and came back to another e-mail saying I would now be playing Court Three with a different 3.5 with whom I have never played. We both suffer the same weakness (overhitting), so our opponents would be wise to show up wearing safety goggles, 'cause we can be a little wild. Interestingly, we both take lessons from the same pro and therefore have the same philosophies about shot selection, net play and the like. Who knows? Maybe we will do some damage . . .
     
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    so you pick him over lopez?
     
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  39. Topaz

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    ^^^Zap, the 'Lopez' here is Marc Lopez, who is usually Nadal's partner when he ventures into the world of doubles...not Feliciano Lopez.
     
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    Anybody get started yet?

    I have two matches this weekend, one Saturday and one Sunday.

    Let the fun begin!
     
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    oh, boy! you're playing singles, right? i'm sure that you'll do great because you'be been working so hard on your game all winter. is there any one thing that you're especially worried about? i wish that we could get a singles match in between now and then, but i know you have big big plans for thursday night! and i'm leaving town on friday. at least the weather will be wonderful all weekend for your matches.

    our first two matches have been postponed because of the rain. so now my first match is next tuesday. after a winter of playing doubles, i'm worried about going out to play singles and feeling *all alone*.
     
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    Oh, oh, oh! Let's take a moment to admire our new title!

    THANK YOU KAPTAIN KARL!!!
     
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  43. Topaz

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    Ummm, one of them is singles. Don't want to say too much more. I pretty much let my heart out in this thread last season, it was ugly, and some people used it to make mean comments. So, if you find me holding back a bit...that is why.

    Oh yeah...there is something I'm worried about...keeping it in the court! LOL! That was always my biggest challenge!

    See now, I think, in doubles, that there are just way too many people on court!
     
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  44. alice301

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    what, are you hitting with an oversized prince racquet or something?? you can't possibly be overhitting with your ktour, can you? if you are, is it time for new strings? don't wait until they break to replace your strings!

    well, there is that...at least i won't have to worry about pegging my partner with a serve...even as he's rolled himself up into a little ball against the net...in the alley...
     
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  45. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    OK. I'm back from my first ever 4.0 match.

    As I said, it was chaotic. There was yet another partner change, with my third partner calling in sick. This left me with a 3.5 partner I have played with before, the singles player who is working through her Vision Confusion and Alley Cowering. Uh oh.

    We carpooled over, and we talked strategy. I said my goal for the night was to keep my unforced errors to a bare minimum, to make them play. I said I'd be thinking about using good footwork to put every ball in my strike zone and i wasn't going to take the net unless I had earned the right to be there. My partner worried me. She said she was going to take some service returns DTL and go at the net person early in the match. I tried to discourage this, warning that these 4.0s can volley but probably wouldn't poach much. I didn't win the argument.

    We warmed up, and I could see that we had drawn Rock Steady opponents who weren't going to be giving up free points. I thought I played fine, but my partner was having all kinds of problems early on. The two opponents would follow their shots to net immediately. This left my partner trying to pass them or lob them or something them, and she was missing like crazy. I held my first service game (dealt with their net assault by coming in also and by hitting approach shots at their feet). I don't recall what happened in my second service game, but we surely lost it somehow.

    In the second set, my partner settled down and started hitting those groundstrokes, and we made them play. Before we knew it, we were up 4-1. They caught up, and we played a second set tiebreak, which we lost 5-7. I made two critical, unforgivable volley errors late in the second set when they were serving at 5-6. Even missed a high BH volley wide. What the heck? I never miss that shot. So we lost the set 6-7.

    Still. They were both 4.0s, and we are 3.5s. In fact, we drew the only 8.0 pair the other team fielded. Fortunately, we took one singles court and the other two doubles courts. Which means our team (which only has three 4.0 players) is 1-0.

    You should have seen the grin on our captain's face! :)

    For me, the shots that were working well were my approach shot (was putting them with pace at the feet of the net players), my topspin lob (man, that shot is money in the bank!), and my serve (no double-faults, a few forced errors). I made a very high percentage of service returns and didn't miss many groundstrokes. I had some spectacular lob chases and one insane half-volley winner, and I finished some crosscourt rallies by taking a short ball up the line.

    I was not happy with my volleys, though. I just didn't put enough weight on them and played a little scared in that department. I also didn't get into points as often as I would like, as the opponents seemed quite proficient at hitting sharply crosscourt or keeping their groundstrokes quite low and hard.

    Still, this is a huge improvement from a year ago, when I couldn't hit a decent groundstroke . . .
     
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  46. Xisbum

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    Nice job; you didn't embarrass yourself or your partner, and you played a close match against what sounds like solid 4.0 players. We better schedule our singles match soon or you'll get too good for me. :)
     
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  47. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    Thanks!

    Our captain issued a long match report with his take on the various matches. He had the choice to have us play on clay or hard, and he chose clay. He explained his decision as believing it would give me an opportunity to use my speed and "stroke awkwardness" to disarm the opponents.

    Uh oh. What does this mean? I'm awkward? Gee, I don't feel awkward. A little bloated, perhaps, I'll give you that. But awkward?
     
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  48. tfm1973

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    *laughs* that's hilarious. you don't exactly have textbook strokes. i guess us 4.0 and below usually don't. but yours are especially ugly effective. do you remember the first time i played mixed in practice against you? i told you that i really couldn't read your strokes. as in i approach the net and i watch you take your racquet back for a groundie and then :confused: because i don't know where the fudge you're going to hit the ball. usually followed by :shock: that actually went over the net? and :( i hope my partner can get to that.

    stroke ackwardness. muahahahahahaha. hilarious. :)
     
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  49. Topaz

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    Cindy, that is a great result! ('awkward strokes or not) Keep showing that you are competitive at the 4.0 level (matters not if you win) and come November the computer will say 'by gosh, let's move her up!' ;)

    Your 4.0 women's team has a guy captain? Is it their pro?
     
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  50. Topaz

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    Edited and deleted: never mind...got my people confused
     
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