STANFORD — Sorana Cirstea beat Ayumi Morita 6-2, 6-2, in the first round of the $795,000 Bank of the West Classic on Monday.
The fifth-seeded Romanian played a clean game, with few unforced errors and no double faults, in beating the 51st-ranked Japanese player.
Cirstea, ranked 32nd, played Morita for the third time this season and sixth overall.
In other first-round matches, Belarus' Govortsova downed Germany's Julia Goerges, 7-6 (2), 6-2; Italian Francesca Schiavone topped American and former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette 7-5, 6-3; and Sweden's Stefanie Voegele bettered wild card Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia 6-4, 6-0.
Burdette, ranked No. 76 in the world, earned her first WTA victory in the Bank of the West Classic last year, but couldn't duplicate the feat this year.
Two of the big names, Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli, pulled out of the event last week, leaving Agnieszka Radwanska as the tournament's top seed.