The draw isn't great for most since so many top players are playing a tier II tournament. I think it's better than playing someone like Vaidisova in your first match like Ivanovic (it's Ana's second match but she has a bye so technically Nicole is her first match). I just don't know what happens to the draw in case Ivanovic withdraws.
It's actually a good draw for Maria I feel. She does better with tougher draws too if you've noticed. She's just playing for the title in Doha, that's why the Dubai draw and upcoming tournament seems a bit much. Two tournaments in two consecutive weeks with good opposition. She might feel tired next week. Hopefully not. But Maria can do it.