Going to semi-final

It was rather a memorable debut to MASUM for me. As I explained in the previous post, I am in the tennis team representing the university for the inter-varsity sports carnival. I was a reserved player during the group match until yesterday when the coach listed me to play as the first single against UTM. I was scared shit. I did sleep soundly the night beforehand, I was trying to prepare myself mentally and physically. I did mental visualization before I sleep, I convinced myself that i can do it for the team and am ready for the game.

I woke up early at 6 am, showered, getting ready & boarded the bus to the tennis court by 7 am. Started the usual drill of warming up/groundstrokes. I thought the girls will start to play at 10 am, but by 8 am the committee started to anounce to the participating university to send the list of line up player for the match. ah.

But i brace myself, saying to myself: this is just a game, my strokes are way better and all I need to do is to give a 100% intensity and focus, make little mistake as well as just to place the ball in.

I report in to the committee, took the ball and met my opponent at the organizing committee table. I took a quick turn to the loo, and straight to the court 5. Chat a bit with my fellow team mates as they were playing at the next court. I did a warm up strokes with the opponent and started the game 10 minutes later.

I was terribly nervous as I was down 3-0, but I keep on saying i can do it, over and over again. i tend to self-talk in the court and calm myself down during the game.

My team mates were cheering from outside the court as well as the coach. I managed to speed up to 3-3 when i am getting comfortable, and less nervous.

After that the opponent beat me 4-3, then 4-4, 4-5, 5-5, 6-5, 7-5. I managed to catch back when 7-6, 7-7 and I was up by 7-8. We were keep on deuce and finally I made a double fault where we tied to 8-8. That means we have to finish it off with a tie-break. I lead the way and finally won the
game with a tie-break 7-2.

I can’t believe it. I won. It wasn’t a tough game, I only give out 80% intensity as I was just trying to keep the ball in and to place the ball smartly to win a point.

The opponent also, a beginner like me. So it’s like we’re in the same level. I did a fair game. I mistakenly call out a ball when it’s in but I take back and said it’s in, because it is in.

The first double won the game as well as me, so the opposing team decided not to play the second doubles as they already down 2-0. So, in the end, we won 3-0 and we’re going to semi-final tomorrow.

It is going to be a tough challenge for us tomorrow, but we’re going to accept the challenge and hoping for the best!

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