Ostapenko celebrates her birthday. And successfully launches the campaign to defend its title in «Tennis Dubai»

Latvian world number 20 Elena Ostapenko celebrated her 26th birthday in the best way, by defeating Ukrainian Karolina Zavatska, ranked 280 in the world, by two sets without a response, in a match that brought them together today to calculate the conclusion of the first round in the "Dubai Tennis" tournament for professional players, currently held at the courts of "Dubai Duty Free" in Al Garhoud, and extends until February 25, with the participation of 17 of the top 20 ranked in the world, with a total prize pool of $ 2.9 million.

Ostapenko, crowned champion in last year's edition, needed 75 minutes to start the campaign to defend her title, and eliminate her Ukrainian rival Zravatska, after a first set ended Latvia (6-0), and a second set won by Ostapenko (6-4).

Astabenko hit a date tomorrow in the second round of the tournament with the Czech world number 52 Linda Vrokhvetova, after Farrokhvitova succeeded in crossing the first round by defeating American Danielle Collins, ranked 40 in the world, by two sets without a response (6-3, 6-4).

The results of the first day were not without surprises, when Romanian Serstea Sorana, ranked 70 in the world, and Czech Caroline Muchova, ranked 112 in the world, were able to reserve their seat in the second round, with Romanian Sorana beating the ranked 12th Brazilian world leader Maya Haddad by two sets for one set, before Czech Mushuva achieved her victory over the 44th seed over the American Bernard Pera by two sets without a response.