Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
In past seasons, I didn't win much 8.0 mixed.
Despite that, I have faced three 4.5W/3.5M pairs. My record is 2-1. The one loss was when I had a 4.5 male partner, but the 3.5Ms serve was such a blast that neither of us could return it at all.
In our two wins, we simply sent the ball to the 3.5 guy as much as possible. If we got his serve back, we took the net and he would make errors trying to blast through us. The 4.5 women were 4.5s because they were steady, not because they were powerful or could cover the whole court.
Okay, that makes sense. Thanks!
It's just hard to imagine since here, competitively at least, we don't have the .5 rankings. It's all even numbers, and the only real way to get into tournaments and leagues (now) is at full level increments, such as 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and Open. So at least in my experience, 3.0 doubles includes 3.0 and 3.5 players, so there isn't a lot of crazy blowouts. It's something I want to get more involved in though, even though I loath doubles haha.