Bouchard beats fallen idol Sharapova

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2017 09:16:20


MADRID,

EUGENIE Bouchard matched her fighting talk with some thrilling tennis to shock Maria Sharapova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Madrid Open.


Bouchard called Sharapova “a cheater” last week and was also critical of the Russian’s welcome back to the sport after a 15-month doping ban with a series of wildcards for big events. The world number 60 admitted she was extra motivated to face her former idol and it showed as she showed signs of the form she has lost over the past few years since reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014 in a bruising near three-hour contest. Bouchard battled back from 4-2 down to claim a topsy—turvy first set and she edged a marathon 11th game before serving it out for just her second set in five meetings with Sharapova.