Although I was somewhat dehydrated from all the play on Wednesday, Tuesday morning I felt pretty good for my quarter final singles match against the â€œtwo forehandedâ€ #3 seed, Steve Lundsford from Stuart, Florida.
After a few games, I settled into the strategy of hitting my open-face forehand, deep to the ad court (his lefty forehand) and coming to the net. When I was able to execute that plan, I was generally successful; but I made too many other groundstroke errors.
After we exchanged four opening games service breaks, the score was 2-2; he held serve in the next game, and I did not. That was the first set: 6-3, one break of serve.
The second set had close points and games; but he really served well (lefty) when he needed to, and ran down shots I thought were winners. The score read 6-1; but the clock read just shy of two hours for the two sets. Jack Lease: you were there, what did you see?
After lunch (and doing work on my laptop through the clubâ€™s Wifi network), Dick Valentine and I had our first doubles match against a steady and crafty team from Sarasota.
Although they were in our same age group, they seemed â€œolderâ€ and less mobile than Dick and me. We played solid, aggressive, take-the-net tennis and was able to win 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and a half of some long and intricate points.
Singles is done for this one; and we play our quarter-final doubles this afternoon at 1 p.m. against a New York team, seeded #2.