Hyderabad! My first tournament after my injury. Actually my first tournament in almost a year.
One thing I have learnt about these tournaments is that the qualifying players have it the worst. Not the stay or anything but the people handling the tournament have absolutely no clue about anything. I mean the first place you come to after arriving is the official hotel. Just so you can rest up and can get your bearings. But you want to know some stuff about the tournament. But these guys at the hotel know absolutely nothing. Distance to the courts, transportation to the courts, heck, I have been in situations where they were unaware that their hotel was the official hotel for a tournament!
I qualified for the main draw. I got through both my matches pretty easily losing only one game in both my matches. It felt good getting back into match play. I also got a main draw doubles wildcard. My doubles partner was Sai Samitha. Coincidentally, she was also my opponent for my first round main draw match! Since I qualified, I had no singles match on Monday, only doubles. My singles was on Tuesday. We won our doubles on Monday beating our opponents closely; 13 11 in the super tiebreak!
Unfortunately I strained my back during the final qualifying on Sunday; I didn’t realize it then. During the doubles match my back kept twinging a little but I didn’t stop playing thinking it to be a little bit of stiffness. When I got up on Tuesday, I wasn’t able to twist. Rather than risk aggravating it even more (the last time I did that I had to take 8 months off to let it heal!) I conceded both my singles and doubles.
I got my back checked out by Naved Bhaiya (my physio) who said that the back muscles on my right were strained and that it would take 5-6 days to recover. Probably because of my nerves, and my first tournament back from injury, not to mention 45 minute bus rides to the venue albeit over bumpy roads! Nothing serious, just rest and some physiotherapy required. So that’s a relief!
Next stop Asian B1.