Samantha Stosur showcased her title credentials by crushing Romanian Simona Halep 6-0 6-2 on Wednesday to move into the third round of the French Open tennis tournament.
The Australian’s power game overwhelmed the Romanian for the second straight year at Roland Garros, this year’s victory coming in 66 minutes.
Stosur dismantled the world No.67 and will next play the winner of 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova and Argentine Gisela Dulko.
The Queenslander was shifted off centre court for the first time in five matches at Roland Garros on Wednesday morning.
With the likes of world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer opening proceedings on the two main showcourts, the Australian was pushed onto court 1.
She instantly made herself comfortable, racing through the first set in just 26 minutes.
Stosur’s game cooled off momentarily early in the second set with some wayward shots.
But no sooner could Halep enjoy the fact she was on the board than Stosur had broken back and seized control of the match.
Despite the occasional lapse, Stosur’s performance demonstrated she is going to be tough to beat again this year.
The high bounce she is producing off the clay from her heavy top-spin tends to neutralise all but her tallest opponents.
There is talk among the players that the new Babolat balls used in Paris are producing even more bounce on the red dirt than normal, which plays into the Australian’s hands.
Stosur has said she’s noticed very little difference with the balls but she’s sponsored by Babolat and had the benefit of receiving a box of them the week before the grand slam.
Anastasia Rodionova joined Stosur in the second round with a 6-1 6-4 victory over unheralded Edina Gallovits-Hall, as Australia enjoyed two wins over Romanians on Wednesday.
It is the second year in a row that Rodionova has reached the last 32 in Paris.
Rodionova won the match in 71 minutes and will next play the winner of third seed Vera Zvonareva and German qualifier Sabine Lisicki.
Rodionova upset Zvonareva in the second round at Roland Garros last year, before the Russian went on to reach the final of Wimbledon and the US Open.