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Bouchard gets first win over Sharapova at Madrid Open

May 09, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic
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The highly anticipated second round encounter between Genie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova was played on Monday night at the Mutua Madrid Open. The result: it was pinned as an early contender for the WTA Match of the Year award.

Bouchard claimed her first career victory over Sharapova with this match, winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 after two hours, 51 minutes.

The win was monumental for the Canadian, who held a 0-3 record in Madrid before this year and was 0-4 against Sharapova. For the match, Bouchard hit three aces while Sharapova could not get a serve past Bouchard. Sharapova hit nine double faults to Bouchard’s four. There was an outstanding amount of break opportunities in this match: Bouchard created 21(!) chances on the Sharapova serve and broke her five times. Sharapova was equally as impressive, getting 15 chances on Bouchard’s serve and also breaking five times.

The match was rich in quality. Along with being a contender for ‘Match of the Year’, Bouchard and Sharapova also produced some outstanding shots.

Bouchard had some hot shots that are definitely going to be considered for WTA Shot of the Month… maybe even Shot of the Year?

In her first victory over Sharapova, Bouchard showcased her finest form in months.

Bouchard has not had the results she’s hoped for so far in 2017, going 5-9 on the season. Prior to defeating Cornet, Bouchard’s last tour win came against Shuai Peng in the second round of the Australian Open. Her winless streak was ended in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, where Bouchard won two ITF-level matches and made her second quarter-final of the season (previously made the semi-finals of the Sydney International in January).

The win against Cornet snapped a five-match tour-level losing streak and marked Bouchard’s first three set victory since defeating Lucie Safarova in Montreal at Coupe Rogers.

Not one to back down, Bouchard credited her “soul searching” period as the confidence booster she needed to make a run in Madrid. Already in uncharted territories, Bouchard had this to say on how she’s worked on her mental game:

“It was a little bit of a process of discovering what emotions I was really feeling, whether it was fear or pressure, other things, and actually just facing it, maybe not just avoiding it and the thinking, I can just go through life and avoid emotions. As much as I don’t like being emotional, you have to kind of confront your emotions and deal with them.”

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Feature image via WTA.