Support for me shows many share my views over Sharapova: Bouchard

Rachel Hardy
May 10, 2017

I want to maybe rest my brain a little bit, not think about [the match] too much for tomorrow.

The Canadian star revealed last month that she thought Sharapova was a "cheat" and should not be allowed return to action after her 15-month ban for Meldonium usage.

After beating Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open, Eugenie Bouchard still believes the Russian ace should not be back on the WTA Tour.

The pair faced each other in the second round with Bouchard winning a tense match 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Sharapova has since returned to the WTA rankings, where she is now 258.

"I feel like I'm like a broken-record player, but these tournaments are really important, " Sharapova said. I know that I can come back and win matches like that when I'm down, so that was actually what was going on in my mind in the third set.

"I definitely had some extra motivation going into today, Obviously I had never beaten her before and then there were other circumstances", she told a news conference.

In a match that saw both players have a total of 36 break point chances, just 10 were taken (five by each woman), but it was the crucial break in the ninth game of the decider where Sharapova had chances to go up 5-4 that ultimately made the difference for the Canadian.

Sharapova will learn on May 16 whether she will receive a wildcard for the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam which she won in 2012 and 2014.

"I'm just one of the two players out on the court", Sharapova said, per the AP.

Former world champion Maria Sharapova's fall from grace and her subsequent comeback to tennis has been marred with controversies.

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The Lawn Tennis Association says it is still deciding to whom it will offer wild cards for the grass court season after reports Maria Sharapova would be awarded a place at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

But her extra determination to beat Sharapova was on display as she managed to win a gruelling 70-minute first set against the 30-year-old Russian by clinching the 12th game.

Bouchard felt she could have played better but was happy to get over such a formidable opponent. "I received a lot of support from them and that is why I was so inspired", she commented after her 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

Bouchard, ranked 60th in the world, was able to capitalize on the five-time Grand Slam champion's 49 unforced errors and nine double faults.

On Monday Bouchard beat Sharapova at the Madrid Open and quickly took her celebration to Twitter.

After parting ways with coach Thomas Hogstedt in March past year, Bouchard reunited with the Swede who used to guide Sharapova in December. Sharapova had always been somewhat of an Achilles heel for Bouchard. "That's how I treat this game", Sharapova said.

Against Mladenovic in Stuttgart, Sharapova had three break points to earn a shot at closing the match in straight sets.

The two exchanged a brief handshake after the match.

Karolina Pliskova struggles continued as the Czech loss to Anastasia Sevastova 6-3, 6-3.

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