French Open: Fourth Seed Simona Halep Marches Into Second Round

Fourth seed Simona Halep defeated Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 6-0, 6-2 to advance to second round.

Updated: May 27, 2014 17:37 IST
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Paris: Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep reached the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.

Halep, playing on the Philippe Chatrier court for the first time, goes on to face either Heather Watson of Britain or Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. (Also read: Li Na crashes out)

The 22-year-old Halep, the winner of seven career titles and a runner-up to Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open claycourt event this season, raced into a 6-0, 5-0 lead before Kleybanova stopped the rot.

But the Russian, ranked 87 in the world and playing in Paris for the first time since 2010 after undergoing cancer surgery, was eventually undone by her 32 unforced errors as Halep wrapped up victory in 56 minutes.

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