World number 3 Petra Kvitova, who withdrew from Doha because of Achilles tendon pain in her right foot, is scheduled to play in Dubai next week. Kvitova has a bye in the first round, and in the second, she is most likely to face Dominika Cibulkova. Cibulkova has been in a slump lately, so both players are coming in with some issues.
First round matches of interest:
Julia Goerges vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
Peng Shuai vs. Marion Bartoli
Maria Kirilenko vs. Monica Niculescu (the one I would most like to watch)
Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki