It seems like it was only yesterday--wait, it was only yesterday--that I wrote that Petra Kvitova, who withdrew from Doha because of an Achilles injury--would be in Dubai this week. Kvitova, however, withdrew from the tournament because of illness. (Vera Zvonareva and Li Na also planned to be in Dubai but then withdrew.)
Top seed Victoria Azarenka is there, however, and while she got a day of rest because of a bye, Julia Goerges awaits her in round 2. Goerges defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova today. Also winning were Jelena Jankovic, Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. Jankovic and Pennetta will play each other in the next round.
There was a doubles upset, however. 3rd seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska lost to Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai.
Meanwhile, in Memphis, Lucie Hradecka hit her usual ten aces, and Heather Watson lost to Sofia Arvidsson.