A new day, a new game. That is the way Echuca’s Erik Holt-Crossman will approach today’s Goulburn Valley Junior Championships matches after a mixed opening day yesterday at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.HANNAH DRISCOLL January 3, 2013 4:10am
Echuca's Erik Holt-Crossman won his two singles matches yesterday, but hoped to improve on his performances.
A new day, a new game. That is the way Echuca’s Erik Holt-Crossman will approach today’s Goulburn Valley Junior Championships matches after a mixed opening day yesterday at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.
Holt-Crossman won both his matches to advance to the third round of the 16-and-under singles draw, but it was not in convincing fashion.
He dropped the opening set of the day before prevailing against Corey De Zoysa 3-6 6-1 6-3.
In the second round, the fourth seed comfortably won the first set against Simon Thomas, but Thomas fought back in the second set.
It went to a tie-break before Holt-Crossman eventually won, 6-2 7-6 (7-5).
Holt-Crossman, who plays with Rich River in the Goulburn-Murray Lawn Tennis Association’s Premier One competition, was his own harshest critic when assessing yesterday’s performances.
Not having the confidence to go for shots, not hitting the ball properly and failing to move his feet well were all areas he identified which let him down.
Holt-Crossman said he would reflect on his performances last night to try and improve today.
‘‘Once I figure out what I’m doing wrong, I’ll try to come tomorrow with that mind frame that I need to do this and this to be able to do that and that,’’ Holt-Crossman said.
‘‘I probably came here this morning thinking ‘Oh yeah’ it’s just another match, but tomorrow morning hopefully I’ll come here really pumped and go from the start rather than just slack off like today.’’
Holt-Crossman won the 16-and-under Shepparton Junior Classic title early last month at Shepparton Lawn and made the consolation final last week at the Sungold Junior Grasscourt Open in Warrnambool, a silver junior tour event, but had to pull out due to a knee injury.
He said he had played well at the tournament, but could not carry that form into yesterday’s games.
‘‘I lost the first set and thought ‘Yeah I deserve that’ because I wasn’t playing well at all, but (De Zoysa) was playing well. Credit to him, he won the set and he deserved it,’’ Holt-Crossman said.
‘‘I came out in the second set and said ‘Better pick up here otherwise I’m going to lose this’ and did that and just managed to play it well enough to win the set and the third set.
‘‘In my second match I started off well, won the first one pretty easily, and then just slacked off in the second set.’’
Holt-Crossman dropped his first service game of the second set to love and trailed 2-4 before levelling.
He said he felt fatigued in the second set and was anxious not to let the match go to a decider because he felt he would be ‘‘struggling’’ in a third.
‘‘The opponents were quite good and I probably didn’t play at my personal best, but hopefully I can think about it tonight and come back tomorrow and play better tennis,’’ he said.
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