The Course of Progress (進化の過程 Shinka no Katei) is the 19th chapter of manga, Baby Steps.

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Eiichiro wins his second round and Miyagawa is going to be his opponent for the third round which is Eiichiro's critical round.


Natsu congratulates Eiichiro for winning the first round while he thanks her for the message she wrote in his notebook. After winning his second round match against Noborikawa, Eiichiro goes to the court to watch the match that will determine his opponent for the third round. Yukichi meets up with him and accompanies him in watching Miyagawa's match. Eiichiro observes Miyagawa during the match - his strengths and weaknesses, his techniques and ability. During the change over, Eiichiro notices that Miyagawa is drinking something - which is actually a kelp tea which helps his body to replenish. Miyagawa also eats a umeboshi (pickled plum) in order to recover from fatigue. Yukichi checks Eiichiro's notes and comments that Miyagawa is not versatile as he only relies on his strokes. Miyagawa easily wins his second round and becomes Eiichiro's opponent for the third round.

While Eiichiro is waiting for his match, he hears people saying that Miyagawa will win the third round - which is natural, considering that it is a match between a seeded player and a non-seeded player. Eiichiro thinks that he has to beat a seeded player and be seeded in order to surpass the wall.

Eiichiro and Miyagawa's third round match starts!