Try launching the ball one click to the left, which should clear out one of the low-hanging bricks from the bottom row and give you some breathing room. As the ball comes back, hit it with the left side of your paddle to send it up the left well.
Stay conservative. Strike the ball in the center of your paddle whenever possible, and methodically destroy all the bricks.
A Laser is very helpful on this level, and in fact all the early levels. If you grab one, use it to destroy all the bricks, starting with the lowest-hanging ones. Don’t bother grabbing other capsules unless you come across a Life. Remember to fire your Laser only when the ball is rising, so you don’t lose a life being over-eager firing bullets.