Madrid Masters: Eugenie Bouchard knocks out Maria Sharapova in grudge match

Madrid Masters: Eugenie Bouchard knocks out Maria Sharapova in grudge match

"The match play that I have, getting myself in these situations, getting out of them, will ultimately help me for those big events whether I'm in there or not".

Bouchard eventually came out on top winning 7-5, and despite being comprehensively defeated in the second set, the Canadian regained her composure to win the third set converting her second match point with her 20th victor of the match. Sharapova has since returned to the WTA rankings, where she is now 258.

But refusing to back down from her trademark offensive game, Sharapova's persistence ultimately got the final reward as the Russian would break straight back, drawing the match level at five-games-apiece. "I know what the drill is".

Bouchard sets up a third round clash with top seed Angelique Kerber. Obviously I had never beaten her before and also given the circumstances.

Sharapova's next match was against Bouchard, who was most critical about the Russian's comeback.

Eugenie Bouchard has become the leading voice against Maria Sharapova's return to tennis.

"Sharapova is now marooned on 250 points with one tournament left before the entry "cut off" date for Wimbledon".

Billed as the grudge match of the year, Eugenie Bouchard overcame Maria Sharapova Monday after calling her former idol "a cheater" who should not be allowed to come back on the women's Tour. She played her first tournament after the ban in Stuttgart last month, being eliminated in the semifinals by 17th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France. "I really felt the support". Yet Bouchard missed the chance to win the first set when she dropped her serve to make it 5-5.

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In the first set Sharapova was immediately aggressive, but Bouchard managed to save one break point in the second game firing two aces in total.

But the former Wimbledon finalist recovered to take her fourth break point at the end of a 12-minute game and served out to win a first set that last for 70 minutes.

The athlete branded Sharapova a "cheater" before the match and said she shouldn't be allowed back to the sport.

The decider was a sapping affair, with each player coming from 0-40 down to avoid being broken - in Sharapova's case, the Russian did it in successive service games. "But those are all things that are normal and are part of the process, part of kind of the journey that I've started".

Sharapova, a five-times grand slam victor, was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Bouchard converted her second match point with a searing crosscourt forehand victor to close the books on her biggest win of the season. "I'm way above that", Sharapova said last month.

She added: "What you work for so many hours every single day is to be on the winning end of matches".

After the match Bouchard claims that the lead up was very different, and that many people in the tennis world were rooting for her and hoping she beat Sharapova to prove a point.

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