Maria Sharapova vs Eugenie Bouchard, Madrid R2 Preview

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(wc) ?? Maria Sharapova vs ?? Eugenie Bouchard

A much anticipated second round clash at the Mutua Madrid Open sees Maria Sharapova come up against Eugenie Bouchard. This is sure to be a fiery match after Eugenie Bouchard recently labelled Sharapova a “cheat” and said she believes the Russian should be banned from the sport for life. Both ladies will no doubt be extra motivated heading into this match and would love nothing more than a victory here.

Maria Sharapova got off to a scrappy start in Madrid. The former champion found herself a set down against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni but finished very strongly to claim a 4-6 6-4 6-0 win. Sharapova has made an impressive return to the tour after a 12 month ban after reaching the semi-finals in Stuttgart last week, it is clear that the Russian is still one of the toughest players on tour to defeat.

Eugenie Bouchard is having a horrendous year. The Canadian showed good signs during the Australian summer but lost 5 consecutive tour level matches since Melbourne and even resorted to playing an ITF tournament where she was also unsuccessful. Bouchard finally recorded a MD win when she beat Alize Cornet 6-4 4-6 6-1 to set up a showdown with Maria Sharapova.

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Maria Sharapova has dominated the head-to-head series between the pair. Sharapova has won all four of the previous matches between the two, three of which were in straight sets. Their most recent encounter was at the Australian Open QF stage in 2015, Sharapova claimed a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win.

All signs point to a comfortable Sharapova win. The Russian has dominated Bouchard in the past, Sharapova arguably does everything better than Bouchard and despite only recently returning to the tour, her form is much better than Bouchard’s. Sharapova will be extra motivated to perform well in this match, I expect her to send out a message with smashing victory.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Eugenie Bouchard in 2 sets

0 responses to “Maria Sharapova vs Eugenie Bouchard, Madrid R2 Preview”

    • I highly doubt Bouchard can challenge Sharapova, she has been playing terribly. Sharapova will be focused to destroy her after what she said.

    • Congrats pieman on your correct prediction!

      Bouchard was extra motivated to show cheaters their place. Being truthful & sincere is a more powerful weapon than a cheater showing anger against truthful & rightful people! Therefore, you picked Bouchard correctly! Congrats!

      • Bouchard certainly was extra motivated, it’s a shame she can’t play like that more often though

    • Good call, could not see it coming tbh. No, I think Kerber will win in two. Bouchard usually struggles after such a big win, Kerber too consistent.

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