Back to Precigne again yesterday evening but not to play the match I was expecting. The lady concerned was unable to play so I had a walk over and played the next match which was against an old rival, MarieVi, who is in the 3eme serie - I am in the serie below, the 4eme - so significantly better than me. I have beaten her in the past but that was when I was roaring fit and having a really good tennis season. Yesterday was different.
She beat me fair and square. I'd love to say it was the blister on my toe - but I didn't feel it once! No, the truth is the net kept getting in the way and the court seemed to have shrunk over night. Basically I played like a novice and lost accordingly.
There is however a consolation prize. Because of the walk over I have technically played my way into the final of the 4eme serie so there is another match tomorrow morning. Once again against a lady I've beaten before but again it was a few years back and I haven't played her since.
I just hope I manage to get the ball over the net tomorrow!