Tennis fans can look forward to a blockbuster match in Madrid on Monday as Maria Sharapova has cleared her first round at the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open, setting up a much-discussed encounter with Eugenie Bouchard.
Sharapova’s way into the second round wasn’t particularly smooth though, as the Russian faced a very steady Mirjana Lucic-Baroni inside the Caja Magica. The Croatian took the first set off Sharapova who bounced back in the second set and went on to deliver a bagel to close out the match.
The Russian five-time Grand Slam winner will now face Eugenie Bouchard on Monday night. Once a fan of Sharapova, Bouchard has become one of Sharapova’s most outspoken critics in recent months, openly voicing her disappointment about Sharapova not having been banned from tennis indefinitely.
Sunday in Madrid was not short of other spectacular matches either as Caroline Wozniacki played a 3 hour 27 minute marathon to finally clear Monica Niculescu, while local hero Garbine Muguruza fell to Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets.
Keep checking back for more from the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open on Women’s Tennis Blog all week long.
MORE PHOTOS FROM MADRID:
- Saturday: Bouchard & Pliskova move on, Keys crashes out
- Friday: Qualifying, main-draw ceremony, All Access Hour
- Thursday: Tie Break Tens exhibition featuring Sharapova, Halep, Keys, Kuznetsova, Radwanska, Puig