Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The first set was a bit closer than it seems with several game points for me in vain. Clinching the point at 40-0 or 40-15 makes all the difference to the score.
In the second set, I started the set trying to slow down the pace of the game. It was initially successful with me going up 2-0. Then I guess my partner figured out my strategy and countered it well winning the next 5 games to go up 5-2. I then started to swing freely to win another consolation game. The next game was won and the game was over.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The second set is too short to comment upon. It was good return to tennis.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
The first set was a close one with my partner being up 5-4 and me serving to stay in the set. As expected, I served really poorly and lost the game pretty easily.
In the second set, I was up 5-3 and had to serve for the set. Surprisingly, I managed to hold and win the set.
In the third set, I started really well and was up 2-0 very quickly. But I lost the next 4 games to be down 2-4. I fought hard and had to put in a great deal to get even at 4-4. But then lost the next two games to loose the set and the match.
It is a shame that I had to loose, but it was great to play a full match after such a long time.
Things to improve: Serve, especially in the third set. Stop running around the backhand so much.
Time: 2 hours and 20 mins.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
"When a pine needle falls in the forest, the eagle sees it; the deer hears it, and the bear smells it."
- an old First Nations saying
Quote taken from here.
One scientist even said that a bear could smell animals as far as 100 miles away. Unbelievable!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The second set was a similar story with my partner reeling off one forehand winner after another to find himself at 5-3. So a change in strategy of hitting exclusively to the backhand was required. After this change, I started winning some points and then some games to even the set at 5-5 and even lead 6-5. But he won the next game to take the set to a tiebreaker. This tiebreaker also followed in a similar vein to the first one in that I found myself at 6-3. This time I intended not to make the same mistake as in the first and focused harder to finish off the set to win it - 7-3.
Time played: 2 hours.
Monday, July 09, 2007
However, since I buy a lot and do not follow this advice, it's not fair on my part to give this advice. So the following are some of the things I have been able to follow to do my part towards reducing my carbon footprint.
1) Have a house near your work place / University - If you are renting a house, then this is easy. Move to a place near where you work. Ideally you should be able to walk to the work place. My university is at a 20 minute walk from home, thus making a car unnecessary for the daily commute (though I do have a car).
Other benefits: Save money, get a bit of exercise.
2) Eat raw food whenever possible - One of my daily meals, the dinner, consists solely of raw fruits and a glass of orange juice. Nothing processed or cooked, thus saving the energy necessary.
Other benefits: Saves the need to cook for one meal, healthy.
3) Cook for several days at once - Since I cook Indian food, I cook a dish once every four days and make rice once for two days. This saves the electricity needed to cook.
Other benefits: Save time, healthy, save money since you have cooked and don't have to eat out.
4) Shave less (if possible) - Shave once in two days instead of everyday. Saves the shaving cream, razor, after shave, etc associated with shaving.
Other benefits: Save money.
5) Obvious - switch off TV, lights, etc when you get out of your room, even if only for a few minutes minutes.
Other benefits: Save money on electricity bills.
6) Use cold water to brush teeth, wash hands, wash dishes, etc - saves the energy required to heat up the water.
Other benefits: Save money on gas bills.
7) Use air conditioning in your car sparingly, only if absolutely necessary - Air conditioners in cars reduce the mileage of the car. Especially in a country like the UK, when it is almost always cool, use AC sparingly. Open the window if necessary.
Other benefits: Save money on petrol.
8) Sleep early, wake up early - By sleeping early, you switch off all the lights, TV, electrical items, etc saving on your electricity usage.
Other benefits: Save money on electricity.
9) Turn off the heater (or turn it down at night) - In the night, when you are sleeping, you are generally under a good quilt and are warm under it. Turning the heater off or down will save on the gas usage.
The above are a few simple things I have been able to follow for an extended period of time. I believe that if everyone does their bit in simple ways, it is possible to save the environment.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The first set was not as one sided as it suggests. In several games, I had game points and break points, but as it happens sometimes, I just could not clinch any of these games leading to the one sided score. Even in the rallies, it was a similar story - I was getting into winning positions but just could not put away the short ball and was hitting it long or into the net.
The second set was a bit better in that I started hitting the ball a bit harder and flatter. More importantly, I started taking the game points and break points. What a difference winning these points make!
Sport can be a very good analogy for life. I guess, in life, as in tennis, the way the important moments are handled is what makes all the difference..
Time played: 1 hour.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
In the first set, I was serving for the set twice, at 5-4 and then again at 6-5, which hardly means anything, as serving is, on most days, a disadvantage. A poor tiebreaker was played and the set lost after all the hard work.
The second set started off well with me winning the first game, but then losing the next two. After many long rallies and games it was 2-4 when we finally decided that the light was not good enough and called off play.
Total time played: 1 Hr 30 Mins.
Monday, July 02, 2007
What's that sound? Is there a fox in the hen coop? Has a seagull got caught in a combine harvester? No it's leggy Russian Maria Scream-It-Over! Arrrgggggghhhhhh!
It's just impossible to watch the woman without the sound down, not least because her incessant groans have been misinterpreted by me neighbour.
"What were you watching while the missus was out?" he said to me on Saturday, winking away like a pervy nutcase. "I heard it!" he added, with a nudge.
Do read the article in full if you like the snippet.
The second set I decided to go for my shots a bit more and this resulted in the most positive result of a set that was won 6-2. That was the end of our tennis session due mostly due to exhaustion.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
So with this introduction, I am posting my tennis scores more as a record of scores than anything. I know I can keep a spreadsheet, but this way, by posting scores every time we play, I can increase my blog post count.. :)
Today's scores: 7-6(8-6) - me. Just one set could be played due to us starting at 8 PM and even though BBC says the sunset in Swansea is at 9:35 PM, it was dark enough that we could not play after 9 PM. It was a normal set with several breaks and few holds. I was serving for the set at 6-5, but, as usual, could not close it out and the set went into a tiebreak, that I won with great difficulty.