Serve It Like Venus and Serena

Suzie tossed the ball in the air and slammed her racket into it. It sailed toward the net, clipped the tape, wobbled on the edge, and dropped back onto Suzie’s side of the court.

“Double fault!” her coach yelled.

Suzie stomped her foot. Since the start of practice, she’d gotten only one ball over the net, and that ball landed just past the sideline into the doubles alley. Fault!

“How can I be like Venus and Serena when I can’t even get my serves into play?” Suzie whined.

“I want you to be better than them.” He tossed her another ball. She caught it on the edge of her racket. “Again!”

Suzie tossed the ball over her head and swung her racket. The ball bounced off the net, landing in the service box on the opposite side.

“Let! First service!”

Suzie rolled her eyes. At least it wasn’t a fault.

150 words exactly!


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11 thoughts on “Serve It Like Venus and Serena

  1. Hey good job on all the tennis references. I played doubles for years, so I’m right there with you. I liked the flow of it, the imagery that you were able to achieve in so little words. For me I would’ve liked to see a bigger twist at the end, you had such nice build up in the beginning. But very nice overall.

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    1. I actually don’t play. Surprising, right? I’m not athletic at all, but I watch the sport religiously. I went 2 weeks without sleep last month because I was staying up all night watching the Australian Open! 😀

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    1. I figured that line would confuse people, that’s why I added the last line. Let means that although the ball landed inside the court, it hit the net so the server has to serve again, but they don’t lose the first serve. I hope that didn’t confuse you even more!

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