Paris: Defending champion Rafael Nadal took another step closer to a 13th Roland Garros title on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 win over Mackenzie McDonald of the United States.
Second seed Nadal claimed his 95th career win at the tournament and next faces either Kei Nishikori of Japan or Italy's Stefano Travaglia.
Nadal didn't face a break-point in Wednesday's tie and hit 31 winners.
Halep sets up Anisimova repeat
Top seed and 2018 champion Simona Halep advanced to the French Open third round on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.
Reigning Wimbledon champion Halep next faces 25th seed Amanda Anisimova in a rematch of last year's Roland Garros quarter-final won in straight sets by the American teenager.
Nishikori beaten in five-set marathon
Kei Nishikori's first Grand Slam tournament since having right elbow surgery and contracting the coronavirus is over.
Stefano Travaglia beat the Japanese player 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2 in the second round of the French Open after nearly four hours.
Nishikori, who was once ranked No 4 but is now down to No 35, missed the U.S. Open after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 74th-ranked Travaglia is one of an modern-era record of six Italian men who reached the second round at Roland Garros.
Korda springs upset on Isner
Sebastian Korda has now beaten two tour veterans in his first French Open.
After eliminating Andreas Seppi in his opening main draw match, the 20-year-old American qualifier took out 21st-seeded John Isner in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win.
A former junior world No. 1 and winner of the boys title at the 2018 Australian Open " and the son of 1992 finalist Petr Korda " Korda broke Isner's normally dominant serve five times.
The No 213-ranked Korda will next face either Mikhail Kukushkin or qualifier Pedro Martinez on Friday.
Also, No 27-seeded American Taylor Fritz reached the third round by serving 16 aces in a straight-set victory over Radu Albot.
Azarenka crashes out
Victoria Azarenka, runner up at the recent US Open, crashed out in the second round of Roland Garros after losing in straight sets Wednesday to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.
The Belarusian 10th seed hit 38 unforced errors in a 6-2, 6-2 defeat against a player who hadn't won a Grand Slam match in five years before her first-round victory over Venus Williams.
Schmiedlova, the world number 161, awaits the winner between 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva and Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska for a place in the last 16.
Svitolina through to third round
Elina Svitolina overcame Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian third seed is coming off a 15th WTA title at Strasbourg last week and is a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros.
She will take on Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, seeded 27th, for a place in the last 16.
Sonic boom startles players, fans
Dominik Koepfer was about to serve in his match against Stan Wawrinka on Court Suzanne Lenglen when he was startled by a sonic boom.
Koepfer's shoulders dropped into a defensive position and he stopped his service motion.
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People all around Paris were rattled when that loud bang arrived because no one immediately could be sure what caused it.
Police officers outside the tournament grounds were told to cordon off an area nearby.
Police soon wrote on Twitter that it wasn't an explosion. They said it was "a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier."
Serena Williams withdraws
The American pulled out of the tournament before her second-round match against Tsvetana Pironkova because of an Achilles injury.
Williams hurt her left leg during a semi-final loss at the US Open three weeks ago.
This is her earliest exit at any Grand Slam tournament since a second-round loss at Roland Garros in 2014.
She also withdrew from the French Open two years ago because of an injury before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
With inputs from Agencies.