PARIS (AFP) - Kim Clijsters crashed out of Roland Garros on Thursday, her worst Grand Slam result in nine years, as Maria Sharapova escaped humiliation at the hands of a fearless 17-year-old French girl. Second seed Clijsters let slip a set and a 5-2 lead, and squandered two match points, to slump to a stunning 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 second round defeat to Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus, the world number 114. Seventh seed Sharapova came back from a set and 1-4 down to win 11 games in succession to defeat world number 188 Caroline Garcia, playing in only her second tour level tournament, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Despite not having played a claycourt match in the run-up to Roland Garros, due to a shoulder problem and then a freak ankle injury suffered while dancing at a cousin's wedding, Clijsters said she had been ready to compete. The slender 1.80m Rus, named in honour of Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, the triple Roland Garros champion, said: "It was my biggest win. Kim is my hero. I played fantastic tennis." Rus is the first Dutchwoman to make the third round of a Grand Slam since Michaella Kracijek at Wimbledon in 2007 and next faces Russia's Maria Kirilenko for a place in the last 16. Sharapova, the former world number one and triple Grand Slam title winner, looked set to follow Clijsters out of the tournament. But the Russian superstar summoned her famed fighting spirit to set-up a clash against Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan for a place in the last 16 after a bruising experience. It had been a clinical performance by Garcia, whose 57,000-dollar career earnings pale compared to Sharapova's on-court riches of almost 15 million as she dominated the first half of the tie. Garcia, the daughter of a Lyon estate agent, didn't lack confidence having gone into the match against the sport's biggest draw card confidently backing herself to be number one in the world in the not too distant future. She regularly found the corners and lines of the famous old court with surgical precision, leaving Sharapova heavy-footed and struggling to find her usual clinical, power game. But Sharapova, who has never reached a Paris final, was not going quietly and pulled level at 4-4. Then a crucial over-rule in her favour at 30-30 in the next game swung the tie firmly in her favour and she did not look back as she romped to victory against a visibly tiring Garcia. Also making the last 32 were Chinese sixth seed Li Na who saw off Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 7-5. Australian runner-up Li will face Sorana Cirstea for a place in the last 16 after the Romanian, a quarter-finalist in 2009, defeated 27th-seeded compatriot Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 7-5. Tournament darkhorse Petra Kvitova, the ninth-seeded Czech, who won the Madrid Masters title earlier this month, beat Zheng Jie 6-4, 6-1. Also going through to the third round were Polish 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated India's Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-4, and Belgian 25th seed Yanina Wickmayer after a 6-4, 7-5 win over Japan's Ayumi Morita. Murray, who is still looking for his first Grand Slam after losing in three finals, beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5. The fifth-seeded Soderling beat Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Also, No. 16 Fernando Verdasco of Spain won, but No. 20 Florian Mayer of Germany lost to Alejandro Falla of Colombia and No. 24 Sam Querrey of the United States lost to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia. Rafael Nadal was made to struggle once again at the French Open on Thursday before defeating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in a hard-fought second round tie. The five-time former winner, defending champion and top seed was taken all the way by giant American John Isner in a sensational first round match on Tuesday before winning in five sets. And against the 48-ranked Andujar, Nadal once again, at times, looked vulnerable, especially on his own serve which he has been working on improving over the last year. After a quiet opening out on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Nadal broke serve in the sixth game only for that to be the first of four straight breaks of serve. Nadal looked up perplexed at his uncle and coach Toni Nadal, but he grabbed a third break of serve in the 12th game to pocket the set 7-5. Andujar, bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time, again gave as good as he got in the second set, hitting back from 0-2 down to level at 2-2.