Eugenie Bouchard reveals there was "extra motivation" in Sharapova win

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Everything that surrounds myself, I don't really know a lot of it.

In October, the Swiss Court of Arbitration of Sport reduced Sharapova's initial two-year ban to 15 months on appeal, saying she bore no "significant fault" and didn't intend to cheat.

While Sharapova was clearly looking to respond with her game, she needed to save two break points in the fifth game but broke Bouchard in the sixth with a brutal forehand victor to lead 4-2.

The Canadian pulled off the biggest win of her career as she defeated Sharapova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a almost three-hour match. On her third break point, Bouchard stepped into a return and finished the rally with a strong crosscourt forehand.

"The first match of a tournament is always one of the most hard and it's been a while since I played on this court", she said.

Bouchard will now face top seed Angelique Kerber in the pre-quarters at Madrid. "Obviously I had never beaten her before, but also given the circumstances".

In the first set's seventh game, the former top-ranked Russian seemed to lose focus as she mistimed a drop shot at 30-30 and let her opponent back into the match by dropping three games in a row. That's what's going to make me a better player.

Former world champion Maria Sharapova's fall from grace and her subsequent comeback to tennis has been marred with controversies. The tournament runs until 14 May.

"I definitely had some extra motivation", Bouchard revealed after the win. The Canadian revealed she received good luck from quite a few in the tennis fraternity, who were against the Russian players' comeback. "I really felt the support".

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At the time, Bouchard said in relation to Sharapova: "She's a cheater and ..."

Sharapova then lost a 12-minute service game as Bouchard broke and the Canadian eventually took the opening set 7-5 after a marathon 70 minutes.

The two exchanged a frosty handshake at the end of a thrilling encounter of nearly three hours, as Bouchard registered just her second WTA Tour win since the Australian Open in January.

"Everything together, for sure, it's one of my more prouder matches in the past couple years". The screaming and jumping up and down, at the end of the match, seemed like a validation of how much this win meant for her, and her supporters.

At the time it seemed like it might be pivotal, but Sharapova broke back immediately for 4-all.

She later said she still believes Sharapova should not have been allowed to play again.

Bouchard converted her second match point with a searing crosscourt forehand victor to close the books on her biggest win of the season. "That's how I treat this game", Sharapova said.

After two hours and 51 minutes, the players exchanged the briefest of handshakes at the net. "It showed me that most people have my opinion, and they were just maybe scared to speak out".

Second seed Karolina Pliskova suffered a surprise defeat, with the Czech player losing 6-3, 6-3 to Anastasija Sevastova of Lativa.

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