I had to play a mixed match last night with one of the weakest (psychologically) players I have ever known. The slightest thing will put her off, but it's not always the same thing, and it's sometimes something you would never expect. It's not that she has bad technique or can't handle pace; she just flips out for the strangest reasons. Last night was windy and wet with dodgy bounces (terrible all-weather carpet court with dead spots and cracks on the lines). But that didn't put her off one bit. When the opposing man smashed a serve at her, she'd just step in and bash it back, no problem. She was hitting cleaner than me from the baseline as if it was another day in the park. And, she was serving pretty well despite the wind blowing the toss around. But, whenever I'd hit a serve or groundstroke that caused the other pair to hit a weak floater to her, oh my God it's the scariest thing ever! I'd be moving to the net, expecting her to smash it, and she'd step out of the way and leave it, as if she was expecting me to be hanging around the center of the baseline all night. She did that four or five times on balls that were a good 3-4 ft on her side. We're not talking about high lobs moving around in the wind, and she wasn't moving over to protect the line. She was in perfect position and consiously moving away from the ball to leave it despite it being nowhere near me. On some of them, the net man/woman had even turned away expecting the smash. And forget about moving across the net on an easy floater near the middle. She said she couldn't hit forehands that night (except for the groundstrokes she was bashing a foot over the net all night long), as if she had no confidence. But, who needs confidence when you're 2 ft from the net and the ball is at the perfect height for a smash. You can hit straight down as hard as you can if you like. Somehow, despite my struggles with the condition and her unwillingness to hit any volley above her shoulders, we still won two of our four sets. End of rant.