French Open: Simona Halep & Maria Sharapova into round three
|French Open 2018|
|Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June|
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Top seed Simona Halep and two-time champion Maria Sharapova both progressed to the third round of the French Open.
Halep, twice a runner-up in Paris, saw off American Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1, with the Romanian now facing Germany's Andrea Petkovic in the next round.
Russian Sharapova, the 28th seed, beat Croatia's Donna Vekic 7-5 6-4.
She will play Czech sixth seed Karolina Pliskova next, with Serena Williams potentially awaiting in last 16.
American three-time winner Williams faces Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the second round later on Thursday.
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Sharapova is playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, having been refused a wildcard entry in 2017 after serving a doping ban the previous year.
Serving for the first set at 5-3, the 31-year-old allowed world number 52 Vekic to break back before eventually getting over the line 7-5.
The former world number one dropped serve early in the second, and failed again to serve out the match at 5-3 before taking it 6-4.
Another former French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza, enjoyed a more comfortable route into round three.
The Spaniard was rarely troubled in a 6-4 6-3 victory over French wildcard Fiona Ferro that sets up a meeting with Australia's Sam Stosur.
"It's always tricky when you face a young, talented French player," said Muguruza. "It probably wasn't the best tennis out there but I'm happy that I managed to fight and to win."