Raonic, Abanda move on
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.
Canada’s Françoise Abanda defeated Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France, 6-3, 6-4, in her first-round French Open tennis match Monday.
Canada’s Milos Raonic, pictured, won his first- round match in Paris over Belgium’s Steve Darcis on Monday.