Halep and Pliskova advance in Paris

Third seed Simona Halep is safely through to the third round of Roland Garros, while second seed Karolina Pliskova survived a scare to advance.

Romanian Halep, a former French Open finalist and one of the favourites in Paris this year, needed just 84 minutes to dispatch Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-3.

Halep seemed untroubled by the ankle injury that nearly kept her out of the tournament, and looked in total control other than a slight wobble at the end of the first set.

After twice going a break up, Maria was able to hit back with breaks of her own to get back on level terms, although when Halep broke a third time, the German was not able to find an answer.

Having gotten her nose in front in the first set, Halep wrapped up the second pretty comfortably thanks to two more unanswered breaks.

She moves on to face 26th seed Daria Kasatkina.

Pliskova was up against World No 85 Ekaterina Alexandrova, and after she raced through the first set in just 20 minutes, Alexandrova surprisingly hit back to take the second courtesy of a solitary break.

But Pliskova regained her lost rhythm in the third set to complete a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory and set up a third-round clash with Carina Witthöft.

The Czech player is one of the favourites this week, even though this is the first time she's made it to the third round at Roland Garros.

"Last year I was also coming as a favourite, not as second seed but everyone is still expecting me to win something, and I didn't make it. I lost in the first round. So even the first round (win) means a lot to me," said Pliskova.

"What I did today, it's kind of special still. I have a chance. I know I can play better if I go deep in the tournament."

Also advancing on the day was fifth seed Elina Svitolina, another player expected to go far in Paris.

The 22-year-old Ukranian dropped the first set against Tsvetana Pironkova but hit back to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 result.

There were also wins for Agnieszka Radwanska and Carla Suarez Navarro, but Eugenie Bouchard went down in straight sets to Anastasija Sevastova.

Thursday's second-round results in Paris

Petra Martic (Croatia) beat 12-Madison Keys (U.S.) 3-6 6-3 6-1
Veronica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) beat 16-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 7-6(4) 2-6 6-4
2-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) 6-2 4-6 6-3
21-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 7-5 6-4
Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-4 7-6(5)
Mariana Duque (Colombia) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 1-6 6-3 8-6
3-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Tatjana Maria (Germany) 6-4 6-3
28-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Chloe Paquet (France) 7-5 6-4
14-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-0
17-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-3 6-0
Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) beat Taylor Townsend (U.S.) 6-0 2-6 6-3
9-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3
Alize Cornet (France) beat 20-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1
5-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 3-6 6-3 6-2
26-Daria Kasatkina (Russia) beat Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic) 7-6(1) 6-4
Magda Linette (Poland) beat 29-Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 6-0 7-5

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