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"I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people".

There were four breaks of serve in the opening six games, but Lucic-Baroni was good value for her lead when she served to take the first set.

Bouchard did her talking on the court last night, defeating Sharapova 7-5 2-6 6-4 in a near three-hour epic on the Madrid clay.

As a result of the suspension, Sharapova lost her ranking.

But the Russian played too many risky shots in the decider and, after saving three break points in two consecutive service games, she was broken in the seventh game.

Having gone 4-2 up in the first set, her usual stream-roller ground to a halt as Genie Bouchard lifted her level and played the sort of tennis that saw her reach a first Grand Slam final in 2014. I think it's always great to be the person that's kind of in control of your actions while everything around you is moving in a different way, " she said.

It was just Sharapova's sixth match into her comeback from a 15-month doping ban. "That's what's going to win me more tournaments and more Grand Slams", she concluded. "And like this one, it was extremely tough, not many rallies, she forced me to come out with some of my good tennis and I really had to dig deep". The tournament runs until 14 May.


Following the win, Bouchard talked about how she was inspired to win before her match with the former world number one. She claims a number of players on the tour told her privately they were rooting for her in the match. I really felt support. Yet Bouchard missed the chance to win the set when she dropped her serve to make it 5-5.

Break points aplenty came and went for both players at the start of the third before Bouchard finally made the breakthrough to lead 4-3.

Seeing as how Bouchard was by far Sharapova's sharpest critic, it's only fitting that the two met on Monday in the second round of the Madrid Open.

There's a famous photo in tennis circles from 15 years ago of an 8-year-old Bouchard posing with a much taller 15-year-old Sharapova at a tennis camp in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Sharapova, victor of five Grand Slams, tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Being a sportsperson, Sharapova has travelled all around world throughout her extensive career and she is bound to have a soft spot for many places. "She's a cheater and I don't think a cheater should be allowed to play that sport again". "I'm way above that", Sharapova said last month. And I also received a lot of messages from people in the world of tennis she said. What you work for so many hours every single day is to be on the winning end of matches.

In the men's tournament, ninth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium defeated Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-2, 7-6 (8), and Fabio Fognini of Italy beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second-round match against Rafael Nadal.

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