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Sharapova disappointed with Bouchard loss

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 00:39

Maria Sharapova voiced her disappointment with her loss against Eugenie Bouchard - one of her most vocal opponents to her comeback after suspension.

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 8, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARIA SHARAPOVA, SAYING: "Every match at this point is important and I'm just one of the two players that's out on the court and everything that surrounds myself I don't really know a lot of it, I don't pay attention too much to it, I've been part of this game for many years, I know what the drill is, I know the excitement, I know there's always a lot of talk and buzz and match-ups, rivalries, news, it's all part of the game. But at the end of the day, it's just two athletes competing against each other, and I'm one of them and that's how I treat this game." 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. The Canadian broke Sharapova in the final set to serve for the match, ending the game 7-5 2-6 6-4.

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Sharapova disappointed with Bouchard loss

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 00:39