|2012 World Championships of Las Vegas concluded a week ago. I enjoyed the tournament, even more so in winning a close finals against the No Limit Soldiers(Danny and Ehab) for the Doubles Championship. That makes three doubles championships with my trusty partner, Mark Nizzi. Niz played great defense leading up to the finals, and then as usual, I carried his butt, and he gets the glory by making some CLUTCH shots and defense at the end. I wouldn't have it any other way, that's what makes our chemistry pretty good. We pick each other up and don't hang our heads when things aren't going great. We just stick in there and fight and know that one of us will get hot at the right time. NLS have 5 titles together, and they each have one with a different partner, so 6 total. The Sith(me and Niz) have 3 titles, and I have one with Ehab, so I'm at 4 doubles titles. I think the fast pace of doubles suits me and I'm very comfortable in making quick runs, whereas some other players are more comfortable with having more puck and table time.
For the singles, Billy had a very close match with Travis, winning 7-5 in the 7th game. After that nervous match, that propelled him to the championship, beating me 4-2 and Danny fairly easily. His game and defense are so razor sharp at the moment, he's just a step ahead of us. He is easily the favorite to win the next few events, as I don't see anyone beating him at the moment. I can usually score on him, but not defend him, but it was the reverse, I played good defense, but couldn't score on him this time. Overall, I felt ok about my tournament. I know if I'm playing great, I can get it done, but my standard level isn't higher than the top 3 right now. For me to play great, I need lots and lots of competitive sets against great offenses, especially unders. If I can get more sets in against these great players, I feel I can be right there with them. I used to win these close matchups with transition, athleticism and defense, but I'm not ahead on those edges anymore. Will have to figure out a way to get it done differently I guess.
I had my mind made up to not attend the World Championships of Houston, because I didn't enjoy the event last year. Basically, at the top levels, you can expect to play 2 beginners, 1 Pro, and then one high caliber Master Player on Saturday. Then on Sunday, you play like 3 matches, and that's it. So we have to sit around SRO for two full days and play 3-4 matches. I can see why Nizzi enjoys challenge matches more. With a challenge match, you can fly in, relax, play a good 4-7 sets against a great opponent, hang out and do other stuff after. No waiting. Everyone really wishes that Houston could have their championship in the Fall. That would be perfect. You can actually go out to your car and it's not 110 degrees and go somewhere and come back. With all this being said, I'm starting to consider going, because I don't want to look back in 20 years and regret it.