Hello My Friends!
Last night I won my third consecutive IRTPA Championships title, defeating Bryn Sayers in a hard fought final. The match was a great one, with a huge turnout of support at the Manchester club. The first set I came out playing well, controlling my length and hitting openings when available. I raced out to a 5/0 lead before Bryn could get his footing. He snuck a few games back before I was able to take the first set and lead 6/2.
The second set was much closer, Bryn started to make less errors, and my length just seemed to disappear. This is a crucial part of my game, and with it a little off, there were too many openings for Bryn to attack. He took full advantage and gained momentum playing two very good games at 4/4 to take the set 6/4.
This trend continued into the third set, I was playing well but couldn’t keep my length and control consistently game to game. This made it very difficult to gan momentum or even find a rhythm. I tried my best to stick with it as Bryn was playing very well, not giving me any free points. At 4/4 I put my head down and played two very good consistent games to take the set 6/4 and 2 sets to 1 lead.
The fourth was very back and forth with Bryn taking a 3/1 lead before I battled back to 3/3. He was exploited the areas of my game where I was struggling, and it was very frustrating! We got to 4/4 again before I found some momentum and played my best 2 games of the match to finish the set and the match 6/4.
The Final score was 6/2 4/6 6/4 6/4 and it was a great match. Having not played Bryn in a while I forgot just how draining it is to play him. I am pleased with the result, and am proud of my mental strength, when needed, against a tough opponent. This win makes it my third consecutive IRPTA Champs title, winning now in 2012, 2013, and 2014. I never thought I would be able to say I accomplished such a thing, and truly feel I earned it with the Final this year.
A big thank you must go out to Stella, Steve, Rod, Mariana Capital, Pol Roger, and the tournament committee at Manchester for hosting a great event. It is never easy to put up with the Pros for a week, and I truly appreciate all of their help while at the event.
I am now headed back to Boston, where I have two remaining USCTA National League matches before I finally head back down south in early November. It will be a short stay though as the British Open starts the third week of Nov. and I will be straight back on a plane to London to try to win it for the first time. Thanks you all for the supportive messages, they really do help me!