If you win, you move up a court. If you lose, you move down a court. The one who embraces the first court shall be awarded, and the one who falls to the last court faces a wall of down looking glares. This is Up River, Down River, the badminton edition.
From three courts away, I look at Kimi, who stands at the last court. While many may see her as weak and unskilled, I see her as strong and persistent. She doesn't step off the court to quit.
Kimi is someone who will succeed.
Game/Sport element of the story
"...the badminton edition." This seems to confirm that the "courts" signify a competition.