Sharapova more disappointed to lose early than to detractor

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"I wanted to do it for myself but also for all of these people, so I really felt support".

Bouchard, long seen as the Russian's heir in the sport's marketability stakes, had attacked Sharapova over her return from a drugs ban and suggested the former world number one should be kicked out of tennis for life.

But the Russian played too many risky shots in the third set and, despite breaking Bouchard's serve in the eighth game immediately after surrendering her own, she dropped another service game to allow Bouchard to serve out for the match. I know that I can come back and win matches like that when I'm down, so that was actually what was going on in my mind in the third set.

Eugenie Bouchard beat Maria Sharapova yesterday evening in Madrid with the sort of confident performance that saw her reach the Wimbledon final in 2014.

"She (Sharapova) said "well played".

Bouchard did admit that though Sharapova has impressed since her "so-called comeback" to the game. "Everything that surrounds myself, I don't pay attention to much of it".

Maria Sharapova faced a real test against critic Genie Bouchard and came up short with just her second tournament since serving a 15 month suspension.

The Lawn Tennis Association says it is still deciding to whom it will offer wild cards for the grass court season after reports Maria Sharapova would be awarded a place at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

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Meanwhile, Sharapova insisted there was no extra disappointment on her part for having lost to Bouchard despite earlier vowing to let her tennis do the talking ahead of the match. The Danish player had not played well in the first round against Niculescu, and on Monday she confirmed her bad moment. 7Sport claims Bouchard showed Sharapova "ultimate disrespect" by failing to acknowledge a victor that struck the top of the net in the first set.

Bouchard had not backed off her comments, and said after the match that she was looking forward to playing Sharapova.

But the former Wimbledon finalist recovered to take her fourth break point at the end of a 12-minute game and served out to win a first set that last for 70 minutes.

Bouchard was 0-4 previously against Sharapova.

However, adversity brought out the best in the five-time grand slam champion as Sharapova found the precision to match her power in the second set, reeling off four straight games from 2-2 to level at one set apiece.

The Russian was broken three times in the first set, but only once in the rest of the match at the clay-court tournament.

The two exchanged a brief handshake after the match. It was reduced to 15 months and, in October, the court of arbitration for sport said she was not an "intentional doper". "And I also received a lot of messages from people in the world of tennis".

The Canadian believes that these shows of support make it clear that Sharapova's return is not popular with many of her peers.

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