Because some really good players like Katerina Srebotnik and Anabel Medina Garrigues are having to play qualifying rounds to get into the main draw of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, there will probably be several noteworthy first round matches. For now, though, these are the ones I saw:
Francesca Schiavone v. Marion Bartoli
Maria Kirilenko v. Alona Bondarenko
Patty Schnyder v. Elena Dementieva
Maria Sharapova v. Agnes Szavay
Lucie Safarova v. Li Na*
*Look for a possible Li withdrawal; she is suffering with a respiratory virus.