Paris - Reigning champion Maria Sharapova brushed aside fellow Russian
Vitalia Diatchenko to reach the last 32 of the French Open on Wednesday
as Roger Federer took to the court in second-round action in Paris.
who was also champion at Roland Garros in 2012 and runner-up in 2013,
defeated Diatchenko 6-3, 6-1 in the first match on a sun-drenched Court
Philippe Chatrier to set up a clash with former finalist Samantha Stosur
in the third round.
The second seed exchanged breaks with her Fed
Cup team-mate early on but went on to win the opener 6-3, Diatchenko
double-faulting on set point.
Sharapova then broke right at the
start of the second set to lead 2-0, and although Diatchenko saved a
first match point to pull it back to 5-1, she could not stop her more
illustrious compatriot closing out the match in the following game.
of Australia, the runner-up in 2010 who is seeded 26th this year,
breezed past French wildcard Amandine Hesse 6-0, 6-1 on Court Suzanne
Stosur and Sharapova also met in the last 16 a year ago, with the Russian prevailing in three sets.
always a tough opponent and loves playing on clay. But I have a good
record against her and I hope I can continue that," said Sharapova -
who has been struggling with a cold and once again avoided the
traditional on-court interview post-match - of her next opponent.
women's seeds to advance early on Wednesday were Czech 13th seed Lucie
Safarova, who was a 6-2, 6-0 winner against Kurumi Nara of Japan, and
Germany's Sabine Lisicki, seeded 20, who won the first set 6-1 against
Daria Gavrilova of Australia before her opponent retired injured and in
The 2009 French Open winner Federer, who is safely in the
other half of the draw to Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and reigning
champion Rafael Nadal, was in action against Spain's Marcel Granollers
on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Federer's fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the former Australian Open champion who is seeded eight, took on Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.
Nishikori, the fifth seed who was the only one of five Japanese players
in the initial men's draw to have made it through to the second round,
faced Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.
French 12th seed Gilles Simon gave the locals something to shout about by defeating Martin Klizan of Slovakia 7-5, 6-2, 6-3.
Luxembourg's Gilles Muller and Italy's Paolo Lorenzi waited to
recommence their match, which was suspended due to darkness on Tuesday
evening at the start of the fifth set, with the prize on offer a
second-round meeting with Djokovic.