In a flashback, Uchika Hanesaki, Ayano's mom is practicing with her as Erena watches and counts how many returns Ayano had. In middle school Ayano quits badminton around the time, when Uchika left her behind. At the end of school, Noriko startles Ayano and Erena about having a date to the movie theater. But the date is canceled. At practice Miyako and Kentarō, thinks Nagisa isn't depressed now. Erena goes to see a movie with Noriko and has tea, then Noriko leaves as Erena saw Nagisa running and talks with her. During practice, a girl challenges Ayano to a friendly match, who she knows as Kaoruko Serigaya and she lost. Later Kentarō and Nagisa tries to visit Ayano. When Cho and Masashi, her grandparents greeted them instead. Kentarō sees Uchika's medals and trophies. The grandparents told that Uchika was a badminton champion, before retiring and cared for her. With Ayano depressed, she is at a playground. Until Erena shows up and wants to know who was that girl. Ayano says, back in middle school Kaoruko got her sick with a cold. Before an important badminton match, which disappointed Uchika and left. Erena asks Nagisa for help, to cheer up Ayano. Nagisa meets her and plays badminton at the playground. The next day Ayano and Erena formally joins the badminton club.