First Round Match

Well, to call it domination would be an understatement. Sasha won the first set 6-0 in 20 minutes. Then was up 5-1 in the second. Got passive then tried to correct things with stupid shots, then got it together, went back to what was working and closed out the match 6-4. The match showed the contrast in Sasha’s play, confidant play = domination and what my slightly experienced eyes see is a top 100 ITF player. The there is the passive, lost , player, that may well be a top 250 ITF player, but definitely limited by himself not the player on the other side of the net. I like the former better, so does Sasha! So we are trying to make sure that’s the player that always walks on to the match court. Still a work in progress but today was definitely a step in the right direction.

So now you’re looking at the draw and saying “what is going on with Thom, has he been into too much of the local liquor? What’s he talking about tough draw?” Well, the referee came with the news shortly after Sasha’s match finished–the #1 seed withdrew and is replaced by a Lucky Looser. Ok, it’s still a,tough match, but playing number 488 instead of number 88 in the world is a slightly better draw!!! Opportunity knocks!!

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