Cirstea advances in Thailand

Romanian Sorana Cirstea was an easy round winner Monday at the $220,000 Pattaya Open tennis tournament.

The seventh-seeded Cirstea blew past Japanese Erika Sema 6-2, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Dusit Resort Pattaya.

One other Day-1 match saw Aussie Anastasia Rodionova roll past France's Iryna Bremond 6-4, 6-0.

This week's top seeds are Russian Vera Zvonareva, Slovaks Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova and Russian Maria Kirilenko, all of whom will be in action on Tuesday. Hantuchova is the reigning Pattaya City champion, having beaten Italian Sara Errani in last year's finale. The former Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up Zvonareva captured back-to-back titles here in 2009 and 2010.

The 2012 Pattaya City champion will collect $37,000.