MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 8, 2017) (PERFORM) – Eugenie Bouchard beat Maria Sharapova for the first time with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 triumph in the Madrid Open second round on Monday (May 8) in a thrilling match full of significance after the Canadian had called the Russian a cheater following her doping ban.
Bouchard, 23, saw the five-time grand slam winner as her idol when she was growing up but her admiration vanished when Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, which led to a 15-month suspension.
The match was the most eagerly anticipated when the draw was made after Bouchard’s comments in the Turkish media in April when she said Sharapova was a “cheater” and should not have been allowed to compete again after her positive test.
The Canadian broke Sharapova in the final set to serve for the match, ending the game 7-5 2-6 6-4.
Bouchard sets up a third round clash with top seed Angelique Kerber.