Qualifiers took out 16th seed Zheng Jie, wild card Maria Kirilenko and Alisa Kleybanova in the first round of play in Dubai today. Alicia Molik, working on a comeback, defeated Zheng 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Regina Kulikova defeated Kirilenko 6-3, 6-0, and Anna-Lena Groenefeld won her match against Kleybanova, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Other qualifiers advancing were Kirsten Flipkens and Anastasija Sevastova. Also winning their first round matches were 11th seed Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki, 14th seed Francesca Schiavone, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daniela Hantuchova, and Kateryna Bondarenko. Pavlyuchenkova defeated Katarina Srebotnik, who is making her post-injury return to the tour.