7 intense photos from Bouchard-Sharapova match

Genie Bouchard didn’t know she’d be facing Maria Sharapova so soon when she called for a lifetime ban of the former Wimbledon champion. Luckily for the Canadian, she pulled a Lilly King and beat Sharapova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Madrid Open, during Sharapova’s second tournament back from a two-year drug suspension.

The match was a fascinating bout between a determined fallen superstar, who reached the semifinals of her first tournament back, and a determined fallen almost-star. Once ranked No. 5 in the world, Bouchard has slipped to No. 59 and struggled for the past year-plus.

Still, the match produced some gripping moments.


Bouchard made no secret of her desire to win.

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And even Sharapova’s celebrations were tense.

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Changeovers in these types of matches are always fascinating.

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And Bouchard flashed her potential.

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While Sharapova showed some frustration in the third.

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And Bouchard knew the stakes after her victory.

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