The 92nd-ranked Cirstea, who won this tournament in 2008, saved five break points in the first set. She dropped serve once in the second set but broke her 19-year-old opponent four times to wrap up the match.
Fourth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia also advanced to the second round, ousting Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine 6-0, 7-6 (1). Seventh-seeded Russian Evgeniya Rodina beat Iryna Bremond of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
In other first-round matches, Misaki Doi of Japan eliminated Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Valeria Savinykh of Russia defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3; and Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4.