It has taken me almost a week to get over my disappointment with my team not winning the USTA Sectional Championship. We finished 2nd in our group. Everyone else, besides those on my team thinks, "Wow, what a great finish. You should be proud." NOT!
We arrived in Birmingham with WINNING on our mind. Unfortunately, our play--particularly the first match of the tournament--did not match up to our goal. We finished up strongly, though, and pushed our way into 2nd in our group on the last day of play.
It was a tough and emotional loss for me as a captain and a player. I reflected quite a bit on the tournament. I learned a lot from both perspectives. I am determined to be a stronger player mentally and skill-wise. I'm sulking no more!
I am taking lessons again. I'll be entering more tournaments. I'll continue to improve my fitness level.
It's TIME TO HANDLE BUSINESS!
It's also almost time for the USTA Georgia Mixed Doubles State Championships. That's Right! I'm going to another State Championship! How fortunate am I to land on such awesome teams! (HUGE SMILE!).
I heard a wonderful and uplifting message at church this morning--Keep Standing! STAND I WILL!
I have had my delicious egg whites, spinach, feta, and salsa on Flatout.
Now, it's time to get ready to hit the courts for Mixed Doubles practice.!
I am Shay Shay! I am a Preparer! I am a Champion! I am Standing!