Critical Point (要所 Yōsho) is the 221st chapter of manga, Baby Steps.

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit


Eiichiro has to keep his service games to force the second set to enter a tie-breaking game.


Eiichiro keeps his service game due to his successful jump shot. Ogata is disappointed that Eiichiro got the score even though he was cornered. This becomes a motivation for Ogata to do different things as well, thus, on the next game, with his powerful serves and orthodox style with slight modification, he lessens the chance of Eiichiro to use the jump shot. On the other hand, he keeps on missing the rhythm as Eiichiro continues to use his unstable jump shots. This kind of match continues until Eiichiro has no choice but to keep his service game in order to enter a tie-breaking game and to remain in the match.

During the break, both players think on how to win against their opponent. Ogata wonders on what he lacks in order to break Eiichiro's service game. Ogata remembers Risa's statement on how he seemed to lose his fighting spirit after his injury as he often lost in close matches. With this, Ogata believes that he has to become a 'tiger' - one who has a great desire to win.

On the other hand, Eiichiro thinks on how to use his jump shots efficiently. AS he also tries to think of other things to try, he starts to consider what would strong players do under such situation.


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