Halep, Muguruza, Pliskova and Kerber all advance on Day 5

There were plenty of second round matches played at the French Open in Paris today.

The No. 1 seed, Simona Halep of Romania put up a much better performance during her second round match against Taylor Townsend from the USA on Chatrier.

She needed just 1h08 to send the American home with a 6-3 6-1 win, and set up a third round clash with Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-0 7-6(5).

This was Mattek-Sands first Grand Slam appearance after she sustained that horrendous injury at Wimbledon last year.

The third seed and 2016 champion, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, continued her good form by defeating Fiona Ferro of France, 6-4 6-3 on Lenglen.

Next up for the Spaniard will be the 2010 finalist, Sam Stosur of Australia, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, 6-2 7-6(1).

Karolina Pliskova, the 6th seed from the Czech Republic, had a much anticipated tough match against her countrywoman, Lucie Safarova on Court 18.

Pliskova dropped the first set, but managed to fight back to clinch the next two sets and as expected, she blasted 13 aces past her opponent. The final score was 3-6 6-4 6-1.

Pliskova’s next opponent will be the formidable two-time French Open champion, Maria Sharapova of Russia, who earlier saw off Donna Vekic of Croatia, 7-5 6-4.

Former World No. 1 and the 12th seed in Paris, Angelique Kerber of Germany, secured her third round spot after defeating Ana Bogdan of Romania, 6-2 6-3 on Court 7.

Kerber will now take on the 18th seed, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who sailed past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-4 6-2.

Caroline Garcia and Elise Mertens also advanced to the third round.