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Cards on Hand (手札の数 Tefuda no Kazu) is the 160th chapter of manga, Baby Steps.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
Takagi tests some strategy on his match against Eiichiro as Eiichiro's tennis style seems to be similar to Nabae's.
Takagi hits an under serve to Eiichiro. Eiichiro did not manage to reach it as he did not expect the speed of such serve. Even though Eiichiro is prepared for Takagi's next serve, he did not expect that Takagi can hit quick serve as well. Eiichiro feels that Takagi is a difficult opponent as he can do tricky movements with a poker face.
Takagi feels that Eiichiro's tennis style is similar to Nabae's thus he decides to test some strategies he thinks that might defeat Nabae. Takagi starts to use more tricky moves that involve technical and psychological disruptions during his return games and attacks Eiichiro using unorthodox plays during his service game. Still, Eiichiro maintains his high accuracy and keeps his own service games but cannot manage to break Takagi's service game.
Takagi continues to use disruptions just to disturb the flow of the match - for instance, the medical timeout. Eiichiro cannot help but be amazed at Takagi's strategies. Not only he thoroughly understood the rules of tennis but he also uses the knowledge in order to do tricky moves. Since Takagi is taking advantages of his options, he has to do the same as well.