Bouchard claims victory over Sharapova in thriller

By Way Of Richard Martin

Eugenie Bouchard beat Maria Sharapova for the primary time with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 triumph in the Madrid Open 2nd spherical on Monday in a thrilling suit full of significance after the Canadian had called the Russian a cheater following her doping ban.

Bouchard, 23, saw the 5-time grand slam winner as her idol when she was once growing up but her admiration vanished when Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, which resulted in a 15-month suspension.

The suit was once essentially the most eagerly expected when the draw used to be made after Bouchard’s comments in the Turkish media in April when she mentioned Sharapova was a “cheater” and should now not had been allowed to compete again after her positive test.

Bouchard entered Madrid after five tour-level opening round losses in a row and her three-set first round win over Alize Cornet was her first because the Australian Open in January.

However, she managed to win a gruelling 70-minute first set in opposition to the 30-12 months-old Russian Through clinching the 12th recreation.

Sharapova, who reached the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals ultimate month in her first tournament considering being banned, roared back with a dominant show to take the 2d.

However The Russian performed too many unsafe pictures within the 1/3 set and, despite breaking Bouchard’s serve within the eighth recreation right away after surrendering her own, she dropped some other provider recreation to permit Bouchard to serve out for the suit.

The pair persevered an awkward and brief handshake after the Canadian clinched her location in the third spherical.

(Reporting Via Richard Martin; Editing By Way Of Ken Ferris)

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