Cana­di­ans ad­vance to sec­ond round of French Open

Raonic, Abanda open with solid wins

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Fifth-seeded Mi­los Raonic is safely through to the sec­ond round of the French Open af­ter sweep­ing past Steve Dar­cis of Bel­gium in straight sets.

The Cana­dian took just 92 min­utes to beat the 38th-ranked Dar­cis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 - tak­ing the fi­nal game to love.

“I was able to break rel­a­tively early in all three sets, and just go about my busi­ness through­out the whole match. So I’m happy with that,” Raonoic said.

In women’s ac­tion, Mon­treal’s Fran­coise Abanda opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over France’s Tes­sah An­dri­an­jafit­rimo.

Raonic’s big serve was in full ef­fect as he fired 15 aces to Dar­cis’s three. Raonic won 88 per cent of his first ser­vice points, com­pared to 65 per cent for Dar­ics.

The 26-year-old put the match away with a dom­i­nant third set. He broke Dar­cis in the first game to set the tone, then fired an ace to pen the de­ci­sive eighth game be­fore clos­ing with a fore­hand win­ner.

“It’s good to start off well, but he’s sort of the guy who gives me some kind of looks,” Raonic said. “I could al­ways get my racket on his serve, I took care of my serve, and I think in gen­eral it was just a good matchup for me.”

Raonic, who grew up in Thorn­hill, Ont., will next play Roge­rio Du­tra Silva of Brazil.

Abanda had three aces and con­verted 4-of-8 break point op­por­tu­ni­ties in her win over An­dri­an­jafit­rimo. Abanda will next face 11th seed and for­mer world No. 1 Caroline Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark.

AP PHOTO/PETR DAVID JOSEK

Canada’s Mi­los Raonic re­turns the ball to Bel­gium’s Steve Dar­cis dur­ing their first round match of the French Open ten­nis tour­na­ment at the Roland Gar­ros sta­dium on Mon­day.

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