Okay, so I played today and I did so well! I'm so proud of myself!! I've gotten accustomed to the N3 now and I'm hitting harder than ever. It feels amazing. And my footwork and everything was falling in place. The serve was a tad bit awry though. My first serve % was a little low. And also, I got a little fatigued during the match.
I lost 8-3 but I'm feeling confident. The match was soo much closer than the score shows. I'm a little upset though b/c a lot of my service games, I was up like 40-0 and either I would choke completely, or choke to deuce and then close it out. It was the same thing when I was returning.
One thing I realized today is how much more comfortable and confident I am at returning when i'm standing inside the baseline. i don't know why though. I've always done it, but when I had just come off the layoff, I was standing in the "usual" spot about a foot behind the baseline. But today when I stepped in, I was returing much better; and my opponent does not have a soft serve. I think I may have found out the reason though.... Whenever I think about my shots, I seldom hit them right. Thus, I think that b/c I'm so close in, the time it would take to 'think' about my shots is gone and I'm able to return better. And now I'm really liking my return game.... I just need to get my serve up to par w/ it though.