Sharapova more disappointed to lose early than to detractor

Posted May 10, 2017

So I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people.

Bouchard called the Russian "a cheater" last week and suggested she should have been banned for life — rather than 15 months — after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

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. On her third break point, Bouchard stepped into a return and finished the rally with a strong crosscourt forehand.

Sharapova's opponent in her comeback match, Vinci also criticised the invitation for a player who has been caught doping. I know that I can comeback and win matches like that when I'm down.

But another break from Bouchard allowed her to serve for the match to set up a third-round tie with Angelique Kerber. And from that point on, it was clear that Sharapova was going to give Bouchard her chances.

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. That's what's going to make me a better player.

For now Bouchard is continuing her open condemnation of Sharapova while the former world No. 1 tries to take the high road - but that won't last forever.

"There's kind of an eeriness about the tournament", added Sharapova.

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And the Canadian said she would have "a bit more motivation" against her former idol Sharapova after registering a first win on the WTA Tour since January against Alize Cornet on Saturday to set up the grudge match. She has been able to receive wild-card entries into some of the top tournaments, though, instead of going through the embarrassment of playing to qualify for them, noted the Gazette. "I really felt the support".

The 60 ranked Bouchard's joy was clear for all to see as she jumped for joy at the end of a sapping final set. Sharapova had always been somewhat of an Achilles heel for Bouchard.

Sharapova, victor of five Grand Slams, tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. What you work for so many hours every single day is to be on the winning end of matches.

Sharapova said she still needed to regain the confidence for critical points in a match.

"She is a cheater and so to me, I don't think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again", Bouchard told Turkish broadcaster TRT World at the Istanbul Cup a few weeks back.

The Russian was broken three times in the first set, but only once in the rest of the match at the clay-court tournament. When the two women shook hands, Sharapova said, quietly, "Well played".

Being a sportsperson, Sharapova has travelled all around world throughout her extensive career and she is bound to have a soft spot for many places.

In another early match, Latvian Anastasia Sevastova shocked second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3.