Paris: Last year's beaten French Open finalist Samantha Stosur stormed into the second round of the 2011 tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Czech Iveta Benesova at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Eighth seed Stosur, beaten by Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the 2010 decider, will now face Romanian teenager Simona Halep, who thrashed Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-1.

Stosur was broken in her opening service game when she snatched at a backhand and sent it into the tramlines but she broke back immediately and then broke again to go 4-1 ahead.

The 27-year-old Australian converted her second set point when Benesova, the world number 52, miscued a stretching forehand and Stosur concluded a straightforward victory with a love service game in the second set.

(Agencies)