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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian 'Cow' Advances In Paris

PARIS -- The seeds fared well at Roland Garros on Thursday, as good weather meant there was little hold-up in play.

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the French Open with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 win over seasoned American Jill Craybas, despite admitting she felt like a "cow on ice" on clay.

"I don't play on clay for the other 10 months of the year. It's not as natural for me," the former Wimbledon champion said.

But Sharapova, who had struggled to beat France's Emilie Loit in her first match here, needed just 64 minutes to brush aside her opponent.

Craybas, 32, is ranked a modest 73rd in the world but is remembered for stunning Serena Williams in the third round at Wimbledon two years ago.

She was, however, never in contention against the 20-year-old Russian.

The pair was tied 2-2 in the first set, but Sharapova then won the next 10 games.

After taking the first set with a service winner after 36 minutes, she opened up a 5-0 lead in the second set.

Serving for the match, Sharapova was broken, but then broke straight back to seal victory with a forehand volley on the first match point.

Sharapova has never gone beyond the quarterfinals on four previous visits to the French capital.

The Russian, who held the No. 1 spot earlier this year before a shoulder problem stymied her season, goes on to meet Argentina's Gisela Dulko or compatriot Alla Kudryavtseva.

Another Grand Slam winner who has never won at Roland Garros, Lleyton Hewitt, did not let the reputation of someone who had stand in his way as he scrambled to a 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gaston Gaudio.

The Australian 14th seed recovered from two sets down for only the fourth time in his nine-year professional career as he shoved Gaudio to his earliest exit from Roland Garros since 2001.

Gaudio, who had triumphed in 2004 before Rafael Nadal began his reign, looked well on his way to stringing together back-to-back victories for only the second time this season.

But Hewitt's famed resilience was back on show as he wore down his 72nd-ranked opponent in three hours 28 minutes and sealed victory with a thundering crosscourt winner.

He will next face 20th-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

World No. 6 Novak Djokovic needed four sets to move past French qualifier Laurent Recouderc 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal made short work of his match against Flavio Cipolla, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

Serena Williams was once again caught napping before she regained her focus to squeeze past little-known Venezuelan Milagros Sequera 6-0, 7-6.