Bouchard Train and WTA Smack Talk Keeps Coming with Upset of World No. 2 Kerber at Madrid
by Staff | May 10th, 2017, 4:13 pm

Genie Bouchard cannot be stopped, at least this week in Madrid.
The former Top 10 Canadian has struggled this year, last month competing (and losing early) at ITF-level events. This week she took down former No. 1 Maria Sharapova in a dramatic second-round encounter, then on Wednesday rolled over ailing top seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 5-0, retired.

Kerber retired trailing 0-5 in the second set after receiving treatment for a left thigh injury.

Bouchard in advancing to a career-first Madrid quarterfinal round will next face No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated China’s Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.

“Each set I was a break down,” Kuznetsova said of the qualifier Wang. “I mean, to me, as I said to my coach, I was just with her in a chat right now. I said, ‘Look, it was kind of important match. It’s huge event. It’s third round.’ I know she’s been great and she plays good and everything. I’m happy I made it through.”

It will be another incident of smack-talking players meeting on the court. Bouchard had called Sharapova a doping cheater before their meeting. Now Bouchard will meet Kuznetsova, who contradicted Bouchard’s stories of players coming up to her in the locker room to congratulate her on being so outspoken regarding Sharapova, telling the media that Bouchard herself doesn’t speak to anyone in the locker room.

Kerber will nonetheless return to the No. 1 spot on the WTA rankings next week, replacing Serena Williams who hasn’t struck a ball since January, and is off the tour expecting her first child.

No. 3 Simona Halep was another Top 10 seed in action, needing to work hard to get past No. 16 Sam Stosur 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

“My shoulder hurt a little bit in the end, but I think I was strong enough to stay there also with my body, not just mentally,” Halep said after the three-set battle. “I felt that mentally I am a little bit higher in this match. But also my body responded very well. Also I had sometimes to stay, like, far from the court because her shots were very strong. I moved well. I think I responded well also with the slices. So I think was a very high standard.”

Halep will next meet unseeded American CoCo Vandeweghe, who came from a set down on Wednesday to defeat Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.

“CoCo is playing flatter,” Halep said. “Her first serve is flatter. I don’t remember the last time I played against her. I know it’s going to be very tough. I watched a little bit of her match today. I have just to do what I have to do against her.”

No. 14 Kristina Mladenovic was the only other seeded player on the docket Wednesday, easily dismissing France’s Oceane Dodin 6-2, 6-1. Mladenovic will next meet Romania’s unseeded Sorana Cirstea, who outlasted Japan’s Misaki Doi 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Thursday’s highlights in Madrid will see (3) Halep vs. Vandeweghe, (14) Mladenovic vs. (WC) Cirstea, and (8) Kuznetsova vs. Bouchard.

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29 Comments for Bouchard Train and WTA Smack Talk Keeps Coming with Upset of World No. 2 Kerber at Madrid

Mike Says:

Bouchard is such a disgusting person on the inside. Really, what makes people such scumbags?

Markus Says:

Cheating as in using PEDs, that’s what makes people such scumbags.

AndyMira Says:

Oh? Genie won again?…Okay,now…she will meet the real competition in Kuzzy[if she stay healthy that is]…Oh ho ho!..Another interesting match!..Wish i can watch this match..oh well!

Hope Kuzzy win!!Woohoo!C’mon Kuzzy!!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

It would be somehow poetic if Genie’s return to competitiveness hinges around the Sharapova affair- just as her descent into irrelevance began with her non-handshake at Fed Cup.

Not that I’m on her side in what she said, but to have her career defined by such karmic/ non-tennis turning points would make a good storyline.

Willow Says:

Well done to Kuzey on calling out Bouchard like that, if your going to smack talk, best be prepared for it to come back and bite you if your not carefull, talk about getting caught with your pants down, this will add a little spice to this match now, go Sveta ….

Van Persie Says:

Halep on Bouchard:

I just wonder, did the press ask all the WTA players, if they wished good luck to Genie?

Van Persie Says:

I am amused, because I remember, many thought Bouchard might be the new Sharapova. Bouchard does not have the Maria’s grace, charisma… She has only a cute face.

Willow Says:

Well maybe shes knuckling down and taking her tennis seriously, dont like her, and sorry Angie lost, but credit where its due two fantastic wins against the world number 1, and the former wold number 1, and no Bouchard will never be in the same league that Sharapova is, shes just a poor imitation, theres no comparison, and it seems shes also a liar thats been left with egg on her face ….

Van Persie Says:

There should be a Big 3 in WTA for this Era: Serena, Venus and Sharapova.

Margot Says:

Love Kutz, sad about Angie, what’s up doc? And Go Simona!
Bouchard seems very full of herself. Why, one asks?

Markus Says:

Van Persie @6:51: Yes, just as Ben Johnson should be in the Big 3 in men’s track and field.

Willow Says:

My thoughts exactly Margot ….

Tennis Vagabond Says:

“Maria’s grace and charisma”??

My wheelbarrow has more grace and charisma. If Genie can lose a WTA-player popularity contest to Maria, she must actually be working on offending people.

Markus Says:

It’s interesting how so many tennis fans turn up against anybody who speaks up against Sharapova about her doping. It is as if nothing happened and Sharapova is the heroine being villified in this story. Doping taints any sport. It is unfair to the others who stick to the rules. Sharapova is backed up by big rich corporations, even the WTA, who welcome her with open arms because she is their cash cow. Her spin doctors are making her out as a victim in this and the rest are the villains. It is the other way around folks. She is a good player, she is beautiful, she is rich. But she is a PED user. She lies and everybody supports her because she is smart and she knows she can twirl people around in her dainty fingers. To this date, I still have not read any report about her “heart condition” which she claims made her take Meldonium. And why Meldonium when it is not approved by the FDA? Why go to Russia for treatment when she lives here and we have so many doctors here? What happened to her “heart condition”? Did it miraculously heal itself after she was caught?

skeezer Says:

Why would you want to be the new Sharapova?
Btw, there is no big 3, there is the big 1.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Absolutely, Skeeze. Sharapova is an all-time great, but her number of grand slam titles is a rounding-error for Serena’s.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Not only is H2H 19-2 for Serena, but Maria hasn’t beaten Serena in OVER TEN YEARS.

Margot Says:

Markus, I don’t like Maria for all sorts of reasons but she has served her time. Therefore shouldn’t she now be allowed to play? Or do you think it should’ve been a lifetime ban?

SG1 Says:

Everyone deserves a 2nd chance. She was punished. She served the punishment given to her. Now it’s time for her to play tennis again. I’m sure she’s being tested more than other players. A lifetime ban is way over the top for a first time offense.

I find neither Genie or Maria likeable. They are elite athletes with a sense of entitlement. The elite men’s players seem much more approachable and genuine. The only woman in recent memory that I truly found likeable was Kim Clijsters.

django Says:

Lol bouchard, stuck-up thing.
Go Sveta.

Pamela Says:

Margot – Exactly! And Willow and Mark, I agree with both of you. The fact that Genie used to brag about not talking to the girls in the locker room and how she was not there to play tennis. Now, all of a sudden these same people she blatantly ignored for years are congratulating her for trashing Maria? I seriously doubt that. If some of the players agree with Genie, I still doubt they would be so vocal about it, having kept silent all this time. Did Maria blow it? Most definitely. but, it was one time after the ban was announced. I am not a huge Sharapova fan, although I admit I do like her. I just don’t see her taking something to win. I feel like she is very competitive and winning on her own is important. I could be naive, but don’t think so in this case. SG1 – you are spot on. Kim is who the players should emulate. Ling Na as well. And for whoever said why is Maria getting her meds in Russia? Maria still maintains a home in Russia. Most of her family is in Russia and she spends more time there. Not defending her. She should have read the memo.. but, as Margot said. maria served her time and deserves to come back. Hingus got busted doing coke and I don’t remember the outrage that this has caused.

Pamela Says:

I did not mean to say “Maria spends MORE time there” I meant to say Maria spends SOME time there.

Wog Boy Says:

Good job Svetlana (beautiful name) in shoveling the bagel down that bit€hes throat👍

Wog Boy Says:

That woman, EB, is sooo shallow and without personality that you can’t even apply blonde jokes on her.

Leo Says:

Go Sveta! How bow dah?

Bouchard showed some good game this week…. almost as good as her smack talk. Wonder if she can keep it up. She does seem to have a solid game with good instincts.

Kimberly Says:

delighted a real player Kuznetsova put an old school beatdown against a pretender like Bouchard

django Says:

Justin Gimelstob mentioned that EB refused to shake hands with Fed Cup gals.
I find it hard to believe that locker room peeps are even talking to her,well, maybe juniors.

Margot Says:

Well done Kutzy! And Simona is still in and playing doubles, I think?

Van Persie Says:

Happy for Sveta! She is one of the nicest from WTA at the moment, atm.

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