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Winner (勝者 Shōsha) is the 129th chapter of manga, Baby Steps.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Eiichiro Maruo
- Hiroshi Araya
- Natsu Takasaki
- Himeko Sasaki
- Kojirou Kageyama
- Ryuhei Aoi
- Kouji Nishimura
- Yusaku Miura
- Hiromi Iwasa
Araya wins the match against Eiichiro but Coach Miura believes that Eiichiro has improved the most for the past year and later, Iwasa believes that Eiichiro is the one who enjoyed the match more than anyone else.
Araya uses a fluke in order to deceive Eiichiro on his attack, resulting to break the service game and the winner of the match. Eiichiro collapses from fatigue, drawing concern from Araya. After Eiichiro stands up and moves towards the net, Araya tells Eiichiro that Eiichiro is no longer an unknown player, showing the audience's cheer for the match.
Upon meeting with Coach Aoi and others, Coach Aoi praises Eiichiro that he manages to use the "change-of-pace" strategy well. Coach Miura also praises Eiichiro that without doubt, Eiichiro has the biggest improvement among players in the tournament. Iwasa approaches Eiichiro as well and tells Eiichiro that Eiichiro is indeed, enjoyed the match more than anyone else - that "joy" is the strongest force when the future is at stake and will do everything to surpass the challenge whenever he hits the wall. Eiichiro cries upon hearing those words and feels frustrated that getting stronger is not enough as he has to win. For now, he needs to get his award for being the runner-up of the tournament.