Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has beaten Maria Sharapova in the second round of Madrid Open, two weeks after she called the Russian a “cheater” who should not be allowed to come back to the court after testing positive for drugs.
The match, lasting almost three hours, ended with Bouchard’s triumph 7-5 2-6 6-4.
“She said ‘well played’,” said Bouchard after the match. “And I think she’s been playing really well in her so-called comeback, if you want to call it that.”
Bouchard made the remark when Sharapova made her comeback from a 15-month doping ban at Stuttgart Open in April. “She’s a cheater and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play again,” Bouchard said.
“I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids: cheat and we’ll welcome you back with open arms. I don’t think that’s right and she’s not someone I can say I look up to any more.”
Bouchard will play against Angelique Kerber in the third round tomorrow.