French Open 2018: Sharapova sets up Pliskova encounter

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PARIS,May 31: Maria Sharapova may not have been razor-sharp on the court on Thursday, but in her post-match media conference she cut like a knife.
In her French Open second-round meeting with the 50th-ranked Croat Donna Veckic she played the bigger points better, winning just nine more than her opponent in the total tally to squeeze through. The 31-year-old needed four match points to score a 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour and 57 minutes. That set Sharapova up for the much-anticipated third-round clash against the big-serving sixth-seed Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
Simona Halep overcomes another wobble to reach French Open round three
Simona Halep’s focus was still not as sharp as she would have liked but that did not prevent the Romanian top seed from blazing past American Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-1 in the French Open second round on Thursday.
A day after losing the first five games of her first-round match, Halep squandered a 5-1 lead as Townsend came from 0-40 down to save three set points with two unreturnable serves and a bludgeoning backhand volley winner.
After bagging that game with an ace, the 72nd-ranked American saved another set point in the next game before breaking the twice French Open finalist, who slapped a backhand into the net. (Agencis)