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“I’m very happy winning the match. It’s probably my first win apart from juniors at Roland Garros,” said Marino.

Canada’s Rebecca Marino opened her French Open main draw with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine. The 62nd-ranked Vancouver native was making only her second appearance on any court at Roland Garros after losing a qualifying match a year ago. “I don’t think there was anything special I did today. I just felt I served really well and that always helps me. I played pretty confidently.” But Marino’s start in Paris was a solid effort, with the 20-year-old never in trouble against her No. 113-ranked opponent. The match was only Marino’s third at any Grand Slam after winning a round at last year’s U.S. Open and again in Australia in January. Marino reached the second round in just 57 minutes, striking four aces to the four double-faults of Bondarenko. The Canadian had 13 unforced errors and broke on four of her nine chances while saving the only break point she faced. She next faces Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who defeated Israeli Shahar Peer 7-6 (4), 6-1.

 

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