Well, darn. I was doing the line-ups for our last 3.5 ladies team matches, and I am short a singles player for one of the matches. Most of the other available players do not play singles at all, primarily because of lack of mobility. This means I need to get ready to play singles in a little over two weeks. Which means I need to figure out (1) how best to use that time to get ready, and (2) what on earth I should do as far as a strategy during the match. This is my second year as a 3.5, and I have only played one 3.5 singles match, about a year ago. Against a pusher. On clay. It was a nightmare. I started out trying to push with her, but she was adept at banging every ball on the middle of the baseline until I missed. Then I started trying to generate offense. "Offense" for me meant "missing." First set was 0-6. In the second set, I decided to try every trick in the book. I S&V, followed returns to the net, launched sneak attacks on the net, hit drop shots. I would say my success with these strategies was about 42%. Which meant I lost the second set 3-6. I would like to think I am a stronger player now, but I am not a more experienced one when it comes to singles. The likely opponents seem to be singles specialists who have done well against women I know. Uh oh. This is not gonna be easy. I am particularly worried given how hard Topaz has had to work to become competitive at singles. :wrings hands: Any ideas on the best way to get ready and put on a decent showing -- or maybe even win? There are so many things I don't know. I need a one-size-fits-all plan that I can execute with my limited strokes (topspin groundies and lobs for FH and BH, volleys and overhead, slice and flat serve, and inside-out FH approach).