You need to do some situational training.
Q: What is situational training?
A: In short, its practicing handling and escaping some common and not so common scenarios that generally you have trouble with. This might include escape routes, counters, throw teching, reaction training, mixup training, BLOCKING, normal footsies, etc etc etc.
To just give an example of what situational training was:
I recall 2 incidents when I started playing SSF4 where 1) Adon’s Jaguar Tooth would catch me off guard and sometimes pin me in the corner & 2) E.Honda’s headbutt would come out so fast that I’d flinch (trying to jump or react in time) and end up eating it.
After spending some time in the training room vs Adon, I learned that there are multiple Anti-airs as well as Ultra 1 which beats EVERY ONE of Adon’s Jaguar Tooth variations. I learned to react to seeing it and punishing them for underestimating my reaction time.
I also spent time in Training Room vs E.Honda doing different variations of headbutt (fierce, medium, EX) and learning the recovery times and punishes of such, and learned that Every Headbutt can be stuffed with as much as a jab or st short. In just 20 minutes, I learned how to eliminate 2 very big problems I was having against these characters, and it helped me adapt to things that they might throw out.
So in short, if you have a problem with anything in matches, go to training room (or replay channel) and see where you made a mistake, and learn what options you have to beat them. In a short enough time, you will be able to adapt to certain scenarios ON THE FLY, and you’ll end up teaching yourself how to effectively fight every person you play. Then, regardless of any playstyle, or whatever a person decides to throw out to ‘test’ you, you’ll be prepared, because you’ve practiced for it.
Its almost like training with weights and then taking them off for the big day. While everyone else is wondering how your reaction is so good, you’re already a mile ahead of everyone, because you trained for it ahead of time.
However, like most things, this takes time.