French Open 2014: Simona Halep continues to progress in Paris

The conqueror of Heather Watson beat Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor to reach the fourth round

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The Independent Online

Simona Halep continued her swift progress through the draw to ease into the fourth round at Roland Garros.

The world number four is the highest seed left and the second favourite for the title behind Maria Sharapova despite only having reached one grand slam quarter-final.

Halep, who beat Britain's Heather Watson in round two, has not come close to losing a set so far and she chalked up a second love set of the week in beating Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-3 6-0.

The 22-year-old should face her first real test in the next round against 15th seed Sloane Stephens, who is once again showing her best form in the grand slams.

Stephens is through to the second week at a sixth consecutive grand slam after defeating big-hitting Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-4.

Stephens and Halep have met three times before, with the American having won the last two.