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2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova advances to 3rd round at Roland Garros

  • Russia's Maria Sharapova clenches her fist as she plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during the second round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    Russia's Maria Sharapova clenches her fist as she plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during the second round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

    Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)  (The Associated Press)

Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round at the French Open by beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-2 Wednesday.

Sharapova won the French Open title two years ago and lost to Serena Williams in last year's final.

With Williams losing earlier Wednesday, the seventh-seeded Sharapova takes over as the main favorite at Roland Garros.