I have made some! I've just got back from a bottom tier national event (UK 'bronze' circuit). I got put in a box with two juniors who are 3 grades above me so I knew it was going to be tough. I managed to win the first set in my first match, so I was already happy for the day - that is the first set I have won in a national tournament (played one silver and one bronze previously). I did lose the match though, going down to 19 in the last game. Something that I will take away from the match is that I was happy with how I adjusted to his tactics - anything he had mid court he would drive to my backhand and gave him good results at first. This was partly due to my poor defensive returns that were too passive. I kept adjusting my base to so that I could better deal with that kind of attack, and in the end my defense and rallying won the game. I had a bad start to the second game with a few errors, and he cottoned on to my flat-ish flick/long serve which I used for the majority. Third game was better and at this point I realised I had to do better with my defense so my smash returns were flatter + deeper and I also threw some cross court returns in. I managed to get to 19-17 up but then got a bit nervous and played some bad shots and lost :crying: My next opponent was better and employed more varied attacks. I struggled to stay in the rallies in the first game - I think partly due to poor length on my part. I lost to ~ 10. Next game I concentrated on length of my lifts/clears, and got to 4-1 down due to hitting everything out of the back! I adjusted and moved him around much better in this game. I thought I got to 18-16 then 18-17, but he argued that he had one more point. I won the next point which was a long rally and very satisfying. In the next I got a smash opportunity and got the bird on the floor. He controversially called it out - there were one or two funny looks from the observers behind the court. He argued that he had been 'generous' earlier in the game, but tbh there weren't many calls that could have gone either way. I think here I should have argued more for a let, but I didn't. He won 21-19. Anyway, I am happy that I was competitive with higher-graded players for 3 out of 5 sets. I achieved a short-term target of winning a set, and I am pleased with my match-play and adaptiveness - especially considering I have not been sparring with anyone for weeks due to injury. Oh yeah, and I'm still injured (left ankle) so there is definitely more to come in the short term.