Bouchard elim­i­nates Shara­pova in Madrid

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

MADRID - Eu­ge­nie Bouchard used her game to send a mes­sage to Maria Shara­pova by de­feat­ing the Rus­sian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling sec­on­dround match at the Madrid Open on Mon­day. Bouchard, one of the most out­spo­ken play­ers against Shara­pova’s re­turn to ten­nis fol­low­ing a dop­ing ban, jumped up and down af­ter con­vert­ing her sec­ond match point in just un­der three hours.

It was their first meeting since Bouchard called Shara­pova a cheater and said she should have been banned for life from the sport af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for mel­do­nium at last year’s Aus­tralian Open. Bouchard, from West­mount, Que., de­feated Shara­pova for the first time by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Rus­sian’s 49 un­forced er­rors and strug­gles on serve, in­clud­ing nine dou­ble faults. The 60th-ranked Cana­dian had 21 break op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­vert­ing five of them.

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