With four of the top five seeds having already exited the women’s draw, Jankovic – seeded sixth – has emerged as one of the favourites to triumph on the famous Roland Garros clay, and she set a marker with a 6-1 6-2 success.
Ahead of the encounter, Jankovic had an inferior 3-2 head-to-head record against the Romanian, and had previously lost to Cirstea at the French Open in the fourth round in 2009.
However, there was never any danger of a repeat as the world number seven broke seven times, while she was also aided by 30 unforced errors from the 26th seed.
Cirstea failed to hold serve once in the opening set, Jankovic breaking four times, with her only blip coming when she surrendered serve when leading at 3-0.
It made little difference, however, who had wasted one set point, brought up another chance with a superb two-handed backhand lob and safely wrapped up the opener.
Jankovic made a slow start to the second as Cirstea broke serve then held to move 2-0 ahead.
That was as good as it got for the world number 26, however, as Jankovic reeled off six straight games to book a fourth-round date with 10th seed Sara Errani.
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