Flavia Pennetta needed just 53 minutes to get past Jelena Dokic in their first round match, 62 62.
Anna Chakvetadze beat Daniela Hantuchova in a first round battle between former No.5s, 61 63.
Timea Bacsinszky visited the Arab Unity School to award Qaiser Qasim with tickets to the final.
Shahar Peer, a semifinalist here last year, beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in her opener, 64 61.
Ayumi Morita recorded her first Top 15 win with a straight set win over No.14-ranked Petra Kvitova.
Alisa Kleybanova hit with 30 aspiring tennis stars during the Tennis Emirates coaching clinic.
Zheng Jie came back from a wrist injury last week but on Tuesday got her first win since returning.
Li Na visited the Ottoman inspired Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Resort, specifically the stunning Hammam.
Li Na got a sneak peek at what will be one of the largest spas anywhere, covering 8000 square meters.
The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Resort offers views of the Arabian gulf and Dubai's impressive skyline.
Ana Ivanovic was sharp as she built a 64 31 lead against Patty Schnyder in the feature night match.
Patty Schnyder rallied to beat Ana Ivanovic, 46 76(2) 62. Ivanovic had won their last five meetings.
India's Sania Mirza wrapped up the first round winners with a 63 61 win over Akgul Amanmuradova.
Maria Kirilenko signed autographs and posed for photos with a Sony Ericsson competition winner.
World No.10 Agnieszka Radwanska gave a tennis lesson to the winner of a Dubai Duty Free competition.