On February 17, the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tournament was held. Ranking 66 in the world, Russian Ekaterina Makarova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus, who ranks 33 in the WTA rankings, at the start of the tournament in Dubai with the results coming to 6:0, 5:7, and 4:6.
The match lasted two hours and 23 minutes. During this time, the 30-year-old Makarova served six aces, made two mistakes while serving, and scored seven break points, while the 24-year-old Sasnovich served nine times, made six double faults, and six breaks. This was the first time the players had met in an official capacity.