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Bouchard still believes Sharapova should not compete

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 00:50

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard beat Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open and re-iterated her belief that she should not compete, saying fellow tennis players agreed with her.

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 9, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUGENIE BOUCHARD, SAYING: "I definitely had some extra motivation going into today, obviously I had never beaten her before and also given the circumstances I was actually quite inspired before the match because I had a lot of players coming up to me privately wishing me good luck, players I don't normally speak to and getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me, so I wanted to do it for myself but also for all these people, so I really felt support." 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EUGENIE BOUCHARD, SAYING: (Reporter saying: "Congratulations. Do you still believe that she still don't have to compete?") "(I) still have the same opinion I had when I got asked that question before." STORY: 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. Sharapova said after the match she was disappointed with the loss, adding that she doesn't pay too much attention to the drama surrounding certain match-ups. 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. Bouchard said at her news conference that she received a lot of support in private from tennis players who shared her opinion. She later said she still believes Sharapova should not have been allowed to play again. 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.

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Bouchard still believes Sharapova should not compete

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 00:50