Eugenie Bouchard took what appeared a really direct shot at Maria Sharapova following her Madrid first-round win. On Thursday, Bouchard defeated Dayana Yastremska 6-7 (6) 6-2 6-2 for her first WTA 1000 essential draw win since 2017 Madrid.
In 2016, Sharapova examined optimistic for Meldonium and she or he was banned from tennis for 15 months. In 2021, Yastremska examined optimistic for the anabolic steroid mesterolone – the Ukrainian later had her suspension overturned after it was decided that she “bore no fault or negligence” for the failed check.
When Sharapova returned to motion from a doping ban, Bouchard known as the Russian “a cheater.” “There’s one thing about enjoying dopers in Madrid,” Bouchard wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
She was shading Dayana Yastremska who she beat yesterday.
Two years in the past, Yastremska was provisionally suspended after testing optimistic for a banned substance however was later discovered harmless.
In 2017, Bouchard additionally beat Sharapova in Madrid… ð pic.twitter.com/LWDGzcmEta — Biola Solace-Chukwu (@Beeorlicious) April 27, 2023
Bouchard reignites the previous feud with Sharapova
In 2017 April, Sharapova made her return to motion on the clay courts of Stuttgart.
When Bouchard was requested in regards to the Sharapova return, the Canadian did not mince phrases. “She’s a cheater and so to me. I do not suppose a cheater in any sport needs to be allowed to play that sport once more. It is so unfair to all the opposite gamers who do it the fitting means and are true.
So, I feel from the WTA it sends the fallacious message to younger children—cheat and we’ll welcome you again with open arms. I do not suppose that is proper and [she’s] positively not somebody I can say I look as much as anymore as a result of that is positively ruined it for me a bit bit,” Bouchard mentioned in 2017.
After making her return to motion in Stuttgart, Sharapova additionally competed in Madrid. In Madrid, Sharapova received her first-round match to arrange a second-round assembly towards Sharapova. After calling out Sharapova, Bouchard defeated the Russian on the clay courts of Madrid 7-5 2-6 6-4.
Sharapova performed professional tennis for 3 extra years earlier than retiring from the sport after the 2020 Australian Open.