• French Open, Day Five

No dramas as Kvitova and Wozniacki progress unscathed

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Petra Kvitova sailed into the third round of the French Open with a straight sets win over Urszula Radwanska.

The No. 4 seed has not won a title in 2012, but she has looked in impressive form on the clay and enjoyed a 6-1 6-3 win inside 70 minutes.

Kvitova, who dropped just three games in her opening win over Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday, broke for a 2-1 lead before running away with the opening set.

Radwanska, the younger sister of third seed Agnieszka, started the second set more competitively, but was soon broken as Kvitova closed in on victory.

The reigning Wimbledon champion, who has twice reached the fourth round in Paris, will now face Nina Bratchikova after the Russian came from behind to beat France's Claire Feuerstein 3-6 6-3 7-5.

Also safely through to the third round is former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane was the top ranked player coming into last year's tournament but has slipped to No. 9 in the world rankings after a disappointing 2012.

Still in search of her maiden grand slam title, Wozniacki looked to be in good form as she eased to a 6-1 6-4 win over Jarmila Gajdosova on Court Philippe Chatrier. Wozniacki will now face Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, a comfortable 6-4 6-1 winner over Irina-Camelia Begu.

There were no major upsets in the women's draw on Thursday as defending champion Li Na raced past home favourite Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-0 6-2. Li has not won a title since her victory at Roland Garros last year, but looks to be hitting form in time for the defence of her crown as she eased through in just 52 minutes.

It was not such plain sailing for the woman Li usurped as champion last year, but Francesca Schiavone prevailed to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6 6-3 6-1. Next up for the Italian is Varvara Lepchenko, who ousted former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4.

Angelique Kerber, who broke into the world's top ten for the first time earlier this month, eased into the third round with a 6-3 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova, while there were also wins for Anastasia Pavyluchenkova and Klara Zakopalova.

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