Top seed Halep into French Open third round

Top form: Simona Halep returns the ball to Taylor Townsend

Top seed Simona Halep reached the French Open third round on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Taylor Townsend of the United States.

Halep, twice a runner-up in Paris, will face Germany's Andrea Petkovic for a place in the last 16.

Petkovic was a semi-finalist in 2014 and was once ranked in the top 10 but has slipped to 107 after an injury blighted few seasons.

Top form: Simona Halep returns the ball to Taylor Townsend