Day 1 saw a few comeback wins, including Marion Bartoli's 36 64 61 win over Klara Zakopalova.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova tried to come back but ended up falling to Ana Ivanovic, 63 76(5).
Angelique Kerber and Julia Goerges defeated Janette Husarova and Zhang Saisai in the doubles.
And at night, Laura Robson took on Yulia Putintseva in a battle between teenage wildcards.
Putintseva won that battle in a photo finish, needing a third set breaker to win, 64 26 76(6).
Dominika Cibulkova started strong but would fall to Nadia Petrova early on Day 2, 57 63 62.
Goerges, a finalist in Dubai last year, was outlasted by Sara Errani in three, 63 46 64.
Petra Kvitova was on cruise control as she downed former Top 5 player Daniela Hantuchova, 62 61.
And Caroline Wozniacki got some revenge against Lucie Safarova in another two-setter, 62 62.
The entire second round was played on Day 3 and Putintseva was on her game on Centre Court.
Putintseva was up a break three times in the first set but fell to Aga Radwanska in two, 75 63.
Roberta Vinci got her third-best win over World No.6 Kerber. She has beaten a No.1 and a No.2.
Sorana Cirstea and Alicja Rosolska at a Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships kids clinic.
Doubles stars Raquel Kops-Jones and Cara Black took part in a clinic for kids with special needs.
And Wozniacki met Diego Maradona, considered by many as the best soccer player of all time.