Longboat Key Thursday

serenaA nice sunny Sarasota day for the round of 16 in 70 singles and 65 doubles at this Super CAT II tournament.

Just like Newk’s two-a-day routine, I had singles in the morning with the #5 seed Evert Jonsson (who teamed with Jimmy Parker this year to win the World’s 70 Doubles Championship); and then Tom McCune and I faced the #2 seeded team of Bill Plummer and Rich Ferguson.

Morning Singles

evertI played well against Evert, who runs everything down and can make some great shots from tough positions. He has beaten me fairly easily twice before; but this time we were out there for just under 1.5 hours.

Many games were close; but the score wasn’t (6-2, 6-0). After the match, Evert said he was “55-45 better than me.” Meaning that he would win 55% of the points. He also counseled that I sometimes try to go for too much on big points (something I have written about before).

Afternoon Doubles

Per our opponents, Tom and I played them “better than we have ever before.” Bill Plummer is an ad court returning lefty, with a huge topspin cross court forehand. So we played Aussie on all of his returns and guarded against the extreme cross court angle.

That, with some solid play on our part, kept us even throughout the first set. At 6-6, we went to the 7-point tiebreaker, which they won handily.

Again, we stayed with them in the second set … until a critical game. We were serving 2 games to 3 and 40-15, when they made a couple of good and lucky shots to steal that game … and then were able to close out the set.

(For everyone who liked the Maria picture, Serena is for you)

For all match results, please click HERE.

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