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In Pictures: Dubai Tennis Championship - Day 1

February 19, 2013

Jie Zheng in action against Ekaterina Bychkova in Dubai. Ali Haider/EPA
Jie Zheng in action against  Ekaterina Bychkova in Dubai.  Ali Haider/EPA
Anabel Medina Garrigues shows her frustration during her match with Svetlana Kuznetsova during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Ali Haider/EPA
Anabel Medina Garrigues shows her frustration during her match with Svetlana Kuznetsova during the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.  Ali Haider/EPA
Ekaterina Bychkova returns a shot to Jie Zheng. Ali Haider/EPA
Ekaterina Bychkova returns a shot to Jie Zheng.  Ali Haider/EPA
France's Marion Bartoli celebrates winning a point against Klara Zakopalova. Ali Haider/EPA
France's Marion Bartoli celebrates winning a point against Klara Zakopalova.  Ali Haider/EPA
Urszula Radwanska returns the ball to Kurumi Nara during their qualifying round match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Ali Haider/EPA
Urszula Radwanska returns the ball to Kurumi Nara during their qualifying round match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.  Ali Haider/EPA
Kurumi Nara plays a shot to Urszula Radwanska. Ali Haider/EPA
Kurumi Nara plays a shot to Urszula Radwanska.  Ali Haider/EPA
Svetlana Kuznetsova serves in her match against Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Svetlana Kuznetsova serves in her match against Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.  Julian Finney/Getty Images
Sloane Stephens makes a point to the umpire during her defeat to Sorana Cirstea at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Sloane Stephens makes a point to the umpire during her defeat to Sorana Cirstea at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.  Julian Finney/Getty Images
Angelique Kerber (L) and Julia Goerges of Germany support each other in their first round doubles match against Janette Husarova of Slovakia and Shuai Zhang of China in Dubai. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Angelique Kerber (L) and Julia Goerges of Germany support each other in their first round doubles match against Janette Husarova of Slovakia and Shuai Zhang of China in Dubai.  Julian Finney/Getty Images
Yulia Putintseva celebrates at match point as she defeats Laura Robson at the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Yulia Putintseva celebrates at match point as she defeats Laura Robson at the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.  Julian Finney/Getty Images
Laura Robson receives advice from coach Zeljko Krajan in her match against Yulia Putintseva. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Laura Robson receives advice from coach Zeljko Krajan in her match against Yulia Putintseva.  Julian Finney/Getty Images
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hits the ball to Ana Ivanovic in their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Jaime Puebla / The National Newspaper
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hits the ball to Ana Ivanovic in their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Jaime Puebla / The National Newspaper
Ana Ivanovic serves the ball to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Kamran Jebreili/AP
Ana Ivanovic serves the ball to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.  Kamran Jebreili/AP
Ana Ivanovic celebrates a point against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Jaime Puebla / The National
Ana Ivanovic celebrates a point against  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.  Jaime Puebla / The National