Raonic, Abanda move on

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

PARIS — 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.

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

Raonic’s 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 Dar­cis. The 26-year-old Raonic 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.

Raonic, who grew up in Thorn­hill, will next play Roge­rio Du­tra Silva of Brazil, who de­feated Rus­sian Mikhail Youzhny, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-2.

Abanda, who en­tered the main draw through qual­i­fy­ing, had three aces and con­verted four of eight break­point op­por­tu­ni­ties in her win over An­dri­an­jafit­rimo. Abanda will next face 11th seed and for­mer world No. 1 Caroline Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark, who de­feated Jaimee Fourlis of Aus­tralia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

CLIVE BRUN­SKILL, GETTY IMAGES

Canada’s Françoise Abanda de­feated Tes­sah An­dri­an­jafit­rimo of France, 6-3, 6-4, in her first-round French Open ten­nis match Mon­day.

PETR DAVID JOSEK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Canada’s Mi­los Raonic, pic­tured, won his first- round match in Paris over Bel­gium’s Steve Dar­cis on Mon­day.

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