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Samantha Stosur showed exactly why she is a serious contender for the French Open title, producing immaculate tennis to see off Romania's Simona Halep 6-0, 6-2.The Aussie no.8 seed looked in stunning form as she glided past the 19-year-old 2008 Roland Garros junior champion in a match that nevertheless was far closer than the white-wash of a scoreline suggested.

The draw was definitely unfortunate for Halep who was making her fourth Grand Slam appearance, after being drawn against the Gold Coaster in the opening round of her maiden Roland Garros in 2010, going down 7-5, 6-1. One year on, the world no.67 faced a similar scenario, only this time around her opponent had the experience of being the 2010 Roland Garros finalist behind her, and it certainly showed.

By no means did Halep perform badly - she played some breathtaking tennis, pummeling the ball from side to side in exchanges that were hard-hitting and plentiful. But it was Stosur who had the edge throughout the contest, which was played out in sweltering conditions on no.1 court. The Romanian hung in the rallies and scampered left and right to reach the incredibly powerful balls being drilled into the corners of the court, but there was little she could do against Stosur who was, quite simply, a picture of unflustered serenity.

Halep hit the ball with gusto but it would invariably come whistling back at double the speed as an outright winner as Slamming Sam struck almost every shot with power and precision. She commanded the match from the start and always had the edge at the crucial moments, winning 62 points compared with Halep's 35.

Looking ahead Stosur said: "I've got the type of game that I am capable of changing up the pace, hitting a bit more spin, hitting a bit flatter, and maybe doing some other things that some other players don't like to do and are a bit more one dimensional. So I think I've got all these different attributes. I've just got to be able to use them in the right time and in the right way."

There is no question that the Aussie has already found her feet on the red dirt, and if this form continues, she may well find herself making the final once again this year.

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