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Federer & Sharapova register 2nd Round wins in Paris, Halep beaten

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Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova appears to be on the mend. After struggling with a cold and a chorus of boos from the fans on the opening day of the tournament, Sharapova cruised into the third round here at Roland Garros, thumping compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 21 minutes.

Sharapova, who was clearly not at her best in her opening round encounter with Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, looked more at home on the clay in Paris today and made short work of the world no.91, Diatchenko.

Maria will have her work cut out for her in the third round as she faces a former French Open runner-up in Australian Sam Stosur. Stosur looked to be in top form today as she made easy work of 22 year old Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse 6-0, 6-1.

Also through to the third round are 13th seed Lucie Safarova and 20th seed Sabine Lisicki, who will also square off against one another. Lisicki won the first set 6-1 against Russian-born Aussie Daria Gavrilova before the latter retired, while Safarova crushed Kurumi Nara of Japan, 6-2, 6-0.

It was however not a happy day for last year's French Open runner-up Simona Halep, with the world no.3 crashing out in the second round at the hands of 33 year old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon way back in 1999. Lucic-Baroni, who took a break from the sport for close to 8 years as she battled personal issues, outclassed the 23 year old Romanian 7-5, 6-1.

Lucic-Baroni will face local girl Alize Cornet in the third round. 29th seeded Cornet battled past another Romanian in Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 7-5.

In the men's event, world no.2 and former champion Roger Federer recovered from a second set blip to beat Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3. Up next for the Swiss legend is Bosnian youngster Damir Dzumhur ranked 87th in the world. Dzumhur stunned veteran Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in four sets, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.