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Halep stunned by Lucic-Baroni
27 May 2015 16:04
Simona Halep crashed out of the French Open in the second round after Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni inflicted a shock 7-5 6-1 defeat on last year's runner-up.
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Halep, who was beaten in three sets by Maria Sharapova in the final 12 months ago, was unable to cope with Lucic-Baroni's aggressive hitting and lost in just one hour and 11 minutes.
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It is the first time the Romanian has failed to reach the third round of a major since 2013.
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World number 70 Lucic-Baroni will now play France's Alize Cornet, who came from a set down to beat Italian Roberta Vinci 4-6 6-4 6-1.
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Second seed Sharapova experienced no such problems as she cruised past Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-1.
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Sharapova has reached three consecutive finals at Roland Garros and the defending champion looked in impressive form, hitting five aces and 24 winners during the contest.
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She will now play Australia's Samantha Stosur, who was the 2010 runner-up in Paris but who lost to Sharapova in three sets in last year's round of 16.
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"She is always a tough opponent," Sharapova said.
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"She enjoys playing on clay and benefits a lot from this surface. It will be a tough match but I have a pretty good record against her.
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"I enjoy our matches. I hope I can continue that."
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Sharapova added: "She has a very heavy ball, and I think on clay specifically it just really penetrates through the court.
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"She has one of the best kick serves in the game and she slices a lot. There are a lot of untraditional things that she does, but I enjoy that challenge."
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Stosur thrashed French wildcard Amandine Hesse 6-0 6-1 and admits she will have to raise her game to beat the world number two.
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"Maria is always a big challenge for me. No matter what surface it's on, I don't have a very good record at all," Stosur said.
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"Obviously we played last year. That's the last time we played against each other so it's always a big challenge, and I've got to be ready to have to play as well, if not better than what I have been doing."
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