The thing is the opening has already been workshopped to death. Seriously.
This is the result of the workshops, and agents', and editors' suggestions and now it's confusing.
This got me to thinking.
I spend a lot of time talking with and to writers about how to improve their query letters, and polish their novels, particularly the opening pages.
I recommend critique groups, beta readers, and classes. I'm a solid supporter of the importance of writing conferences.
What I've left off that list is confidence in your own work and your own voice.
Yet, the people most obdurate about how solid their work is are most often the ones who need the most work.
And, the people who have the least confidence, who keep showing their work in crit groups, and making changes based on those suggestions, are often the people who should leave well enough alone.
How do you know which group you fall into?
I don't know.
I do know that you should seriously consider if your lack of confidence is the problem, not the book itself.