Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - France's Marion Bartoli and Italian Francesca Schiavone were among the first-round winners Sunday at the Dubai Tennis Championship.
Bartoli, seeded 11th, easily got past Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0, to move into the second round. Schiavone, the 14th seed here, downed Romanian Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 7-5.
Also advancing was Australian Alicia Molik, who outlasted 16th-seeded Zheng Jie of China, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Molik's second-round opponent will be German Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who overcame a first set loss Sunday to defeat Russian Alisa Kleybanova, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Germany's Sabine Lisicki was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Yung-Jan Chan, and will face third-seeded Venus Williams, who has a first-round bye like the other top-eight seeds.
Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine took a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, and will meet fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
Slovak Daniela Hantuchova won 6-4, 6-4 over Russian qualifier Vesna Manasieva, and will get Russian Elena Dementieva in the second round. Dementieva will be fresh off her title in Paris, as she beat Lucie Safarova in Sunday's final.
Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova beat Russian Vera Dushevina, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, to advance to face seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
Additionally, Russian Regina Kulikova was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, while Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Katarina Srebotnik. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium won 6-3, 6-4 over Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.
The winner of this event will collect $350,000.