Scoring Procedure: Singles

We will start with how to mark the successive points scored in singles, which is slightly more straightforward than doubles scoring. As was mentioned above, there can usually only be one number per column in a game, so the next column should be used for the first point, on the appropriate row for the player who scored. In our fictitious game, once Nozomi Okuhara serves, she wins the rally, and the point will be marked on her row, in the next column, as below:

Then P.V. Sindhu wins the next rally, so her point will be marked on her line in the next column:

If Okuhara wins the next two rallies, the scoresheet will be marked as follows:

If Sindhu wins the following rally, it will look like this:

Here it is possible to see one of the advantages of the scoresheet – by glancing at which player has the entry farthest to the right, the umpire can easily see who is serving. In the example above, it is Sindhu, with a score of 2-3, and because her score in an even number, she should be serving from the right service court. (In the previous example, it was Okuhara, with a score of 3-1, meaning she would have served from the left service court.)
As the game continues on, the points will be added, one per column, as can be seen below.

A game will often continue onto a second set of rows, which is fine, as long as the scores are included from the bold line to the right (not in the column where the “S” for “server” goes). In the example below, the game has proceeded across the first set of rows, and is nearing the end as it goes onto the second set of rows.