Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadians Raonic, Abanda Advance to Second Round of French Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadians Raonic, Abanda Advance to Second Round of French Open

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Raonic, Abanda advance at French Open

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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.

"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. …

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