- The injury also forced her out of Romania's Fed Cup tie with Canada last weekend.
- Halep eased through 6-3, 6-0 against the Russian, in a second round match.
World number two Simona Halep won on her return to competitive action since losing the Australian Open final, beating Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets in the Qatar Open Wednesday.
Halep eased through 6-3, 6-0 against the Russian, in a second round match — she received a first round bye — but admitted afterwards she was still anxious about an ankle injury which has stopped her from playing since Melbourne.
Also winning convincingly was the woman who defeated Halep in Melbourne, Caroline Wozniacki who blitzed Germany's Carina Witthoeft, 6-2, 6-0 in just 57 minutes.
But it was Halep's ankle which was receiving most attention afterwards.
The Romanian said she would assess that injury match-by-match and admitted she would take the "best decision" for her health if the ankle worsened.
"Ankle is okay. The foot is still painful," she said afterwards.
Halep faces Latvian Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday and asked if she will definitely play, she responded: "For sure, yeah. And I will try to finish the match.
"I started already to talk too much about this injury, it's just a problem with my foot.
"The doctor said that nothing can happen like worse to break something.
"But still when I will feel stronger pain, I think I will just think — I will double think about it and I will take the best decision."
The injury also forced her out of Romania's Fed Cup tie with Canada last weekend.