Losing to Abel Constantly

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For the past 5 years, my buddy and I have been playing this game, and his Abel has always, ALWAYS owned my soul. If it isn’t a frame-perfect meaty setup with s.HP, it’s getting counterhit out of a string where you’d think there’d be a gap and press buttons (ie: s.lk s.lk). If it isn’t that, it’s my awful guessing game.

I know this is probably an awful place to ask, but what are Abel’s weaknesses? Where are the holes in his gameplay? I’ve tried rushing down, I’ve tried straight fundamentals and nothing seems to work. If it helps at all, the characters I play are Elena, Blanka and Balrog.