Muguruza Out, Sharapova v Bouchard And Many Frenchmen Monday At Madrid Masters
by Staff | May 8th, 2017, 1:00 am

In a much-anticipated showdown, blonde starlets Maria Sharapova clashes with Eugenie Bouchard. Sharapova advanced to the showdown coming from a set down to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“I’m not quite sure how to describe the match because it feels like it happened so fast,” said Sharapova. “I thought she played really well. I was playing against, like, a human slingshot for a while there. Balls were coming so fast and deep that, for a couple of sets, I don’t believe we had too many rallies over three balls.

“You know, she goes for it. You have to be patient. Sometimes there’s not much you can do. Those are great shots, on the line. I mean, the breakpoints, I missed a couple of second-serve returns. That was obviously an error from my side.”

Sharapova has won all four meetings with Bouchard, but the Canadian is looking forward to the opportunity.

“Once I step on the court, everything will be to the side,” Bouchard said Saturday after beating Alize Cornet. But, you know, inside myself, I think I’ll have a bit more motivation. But it’s very important, once I step on the court, no matter who is on the other side, to focus on the tennis. Or else I think it’s easy to lose concentration.”

Earlier, Spanish hope Garbine Mugurza was stunned in her opener by Swiss star Timea Bacsinsky 6-1, 6-3.

“I have a game that can bother her, Bacsinsky said after her first win in five tries against the Spaniard. “She also has a game to bother me. S it’s tricky when we play one another. Today I tried to play different, somehow, I used different options, with a Plan A, Plan B, and maybe two more, carefully choosing between them because I know it’s tough when she gets her rhythm.”

Muguruza was in poor form with a French Open title defense just weeks away. She’s lost her last three matches and hasn’t made a tournament semifinal since Brisbane.

“It was a match with a lot of ups and downs,” Muguruza said in her post-match press conference. “I think she played pretty intelligent, pretty smart.

“Well, I don’t think it was my day. Honestly, I didn’t play very good. I was missing a lot some shots I should maybe not miss against Timea.I think she’s a very good player, and she used that moments, especially the important ones, to advance in the game.”

Muguruza’s last title of final was that French Open win.

Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, CiCi Bellis and Svetlana Kuznetsova were also winners.

On Monday, Karolina Pliskova opens play against Anastasia Sevastova. Kerber returns to face Katerina Siniakova and Caroline Wozniacki is in action.

The men’s draw gets going headlined by Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils who faces countryman Gilles Simon.

Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Felicino Lopez are also featured.

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
ATP – [15] G. Monfils (FRA) vs G. Simon (FRA)
WTA – A. Riske (USA) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) or L. Safarova (CZE) vs [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

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25 Comments for Muguruza Out, Sharapova v Bouchard And Many Frenchmen Monday At Madrid Masters

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Someone needs to do a video montage of the interactions and facial expressions of Bouchard v Sharapova. The Tennis Gods clearly have a sense of humour!

(for those who missed it, Bouchard has been THE most outspoken on Sharapova’s return, calling her a cheater who should be out of the game.)

Fact is, Sharapova is ALREADY playing at a higher level than Bouchard. Many point to her concussion from the slippy-floor at USO as the start of her decline, but in fact, it began beforehand, when she wouldn’t shake hands at Fed Cup. Perhaps the Tennis Gods have decided that SHE has been punished enough and will let her begin her karmic comeback here!

AndyMira Says:

Let your racquet do the talking Maria!Teach the kid a lesson or two on court and not outside of it!

Giles Says:

Come on Maria. Give her a slap as well just for good measure! Lol

SG1 Says:

Bouchard’s decline was triggered by her beat down by Kvitova at Wimbledon. Never been the same player since.

SG1 Says:

I anticipate that Maria will mop the floor with her after Bouchard’s recent comments about her.

Pamela Says:

Bouchard has been very vocal in her displeasure and disapproval of Maria being allowed into these tournaments since coming off her suspension. It has been interesting (to me) to see the people that have been so vocal against her. Murry, Rafa, Bouchard and this next one actually shocked me… Wozniaki….. On the other hand was Serena, Roger and Novak saying she paid her dues and leave her alone (pretty much)….

Bouchard has been on a downward spiral since she began. Kind of like (I can’t even remember her name now) the young american that went very far at the US open… Oh wait.. Melanie Odoun… or something like that, but Melanie who??? or was it melody??? Bouchard better hope for a miracle, otherwise Maria will kick her cute little butt.

I, for one, am happy to have Maria back. Especially with Serena and Victoria out.

Dennis Says:

Hope Maria crushes Bouchard.

Remcom Says:

Hmmm, Bouchard grabs the 1st set, 7-5!

Berghain Says:

Playing against Sharopova must be intimidating. Its like a thunderstorm when she screeches – Fantastic.

Remcom Says:

Sharapova bounces back, 6-2 in the 2nd set.

Berghain Says:

Bouchard is so lame. Cant stand her.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Well, congrats to Bouchard! Hope she can keep it up!

Remcom Says:

Bouchard is up against Kerber next; would that be more difficult or easier than Sharapova?

AndyMira Says:

I can’t believe Maria lost!But then,this is just her 2nd match after her comeback…Hope,she will fly higher after this..with Serena out and there is no clear champion in WTA,,this is her time to shine…

As for Bouchard,why in God’s name she didn’t chanel that ‘uncontrollable hate’ that she keep storing in herself to beat other players before?

Markus Says:

Sharapova ran out of gas again. She used to be able to go on and on and outlast everybody (except for Serena who usually beats her quickly in two sets).

Margot Says:

Lol AM!

Margot Says:

I see Maria’s departure has spoilt loads of your WTA brackets…..Oops! But some folk backed Simona. Like Simona and Angie very much so do hope they can find some form before RG.
Was gonna do it, but missed deadline :(

AndyMira Says:

Hey M!Oho!ho!ho!ho!hehehehehehawhawhahaw!…That was delicious kick at my backside M!!..Hey we miss u on WTA this week u know!…and don’t forget to fill for Rome this weekend M!!..Otherwise i would say that you’re afraid to get kick by ME!!….Oho!ho!ho!

Anyway i love Angie too but her form is not too encouraging atm…she seems not herself for a long time now…Really hope she can find her form of a year ago…

As for Simona,i like for her too M but not sure whether she can do it or not…

AndyMira Says:

Btw M!….You’re ROCK on ATP atm….But,look out who’s chasing u now M!!Wooohoooo!!

Margot Says:

Not any more darling AM. Have had a disastrous day…sob. ARV lost for goodness sake, had him practically winning!

AndyMira Says:

Hey M!..Cheer up!The One and only and The Most Handsome and Cute PHH just won over L.Pouille M!..Even though we’re lose a point when Lucas was lost,it doesn’t matter M..coz EVERYBODY lose a point too!!Heh!heh!heh!

PS…Hey M!…I heard jalep just declared that she’s in love with PHH on TG!!…Urgh!women!

Margot Says:

I really like PHH too. Sooooo cute :) Not a bad tennis player either…;)

AndyMira Says:

Hehehe…I know M!Don’t worry!I won’t interfere with u guys drooling session!..Urgh!Women!!

Oh btw M…I gotta salute u for bravely picking Sascha=====>FINAL!!U even picked him over Andy M!!..Hohoho!….Oh!so excited to see who will survive and who’s not….

Margot Says:

AM: I see other peeps picked Thiem as the likely finalist. Also possible. I’m not convinced about Andy’s form at the mo. Elbow/lack of matches/ really easy to poop in best of 3. etc etc.
Hoping this is all a bit of a dress rehearsal for RG TBH.

AndyMira Says:

ehehehe,,,Yeah M..Those peeps named Nny and AM!..To be honest M,i start feeling a little bit guilty for picking Thiem over Andy…somehow i feel Andy will improve his form this week…i really really hope he will reach the final…My Bracket can go down the drain!

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