Eugenie Bouchard was the most vocal on the WTA tour about Sharapova’s ban and recently said she was no longer an idol of hers, was a cheater and shouldn’t be welcomed back into the sport with open arms. I wrote a piece saying Bouchard should do her talking on the tennis court and well she did!
After seeing off Alize Cornet in round one this set up a tie with the former world number one and tensions were high from the off.
With over 35 break points during the match the momentum swung time and time again as the two shared break after break testing each other with some brilliant tennis with both players playing some of their best tennis.
Once Sharapova had found herself 4-2 up in the set it looks a formalitly but lost 5 of the next 6 games as Bouchard responded incredibly something we haven’t seen for quite some time and then in set two after a couple of a nervy and long games getting the score to 2-2 suddenly Bouchard just won three points in the following four games as Sharapova closed it out.
The whole match felt like a Grand Slam final it was such a high level which led to both players looking more comfortable on the others serve with both struggling. Maria couldn’t get a first serve in and hit multiple doubles and as the third set went on you could sense the nerves with Bouchard trying to go big down the line on serve but on second serve had to play safe and hit a few 85-90mph serves which the Russian was all over.
The big talking point before the match was the handshake and well here it is…