DUBAI (AFP) - Amelie Mauresmo 's marvellous return to form in what she has hinted may be the final year of her career has landed her with a frantic rush to meet commitments more than 3,000 miles away in th Middle East. The former Wimbledon champion is scheduled to play an opening match here on Monday evening, little more than 20 hours after contesting the Paris Open, but she may need to hire a private jet to manage it. It was appropriate that Mauresmo should win her first title for two years in the French capital, beating former world number three Jelena Jankovic and Olympic champion Elena Dementieva in successive matches. But tiredness may nevertheless make it hard to get past Annabel Medina Garrigues, the world number 20 from Spain. However Mauresmo has attempted something like this before - in 2006 when she won the Antwerp title and was summoned as a late replacement in Dubai for the injured Serena Williams. On that occasion she went on court shortly after arrival and won two matches. Now she may find it harder to survive - though if she does she should find herself within one win of a repeat encounter with Dementieva, who has a bye. Also playing their first matches on Monday are Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one from Serbia, who said she hopes her new coach, Craig Kardon, formerly coach to Martina Navratilova, will help revive fortunes which have dipped disappointingly since she won the French Open eight months ago. Ivanovic plays Alisa Kleybanova, the world number 27 from Russia, while former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli plays Ai Sugiyama, former top ten Japanese player, and the Radwanska sisters, Agnieszka and Ursulam have to face each other for the first time on the WTA Tour. The Dubai Open began without any of the leading players on the first day, though one notable Chinese player made progress. Zheng Jie, the first Chinese ever to reach the Wimbledon women's singles semi-finals last year, outplayed Anastasia Rodionova of Russia 6-1, 6-1.