Eugenie Bouchard clinched a major victory at the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open on Monday evening, beating former idol and now rival Maria Sharapova in three sets.
The second-round match between the five-time Grand Slam champion and the Nürnberg winner turned out to be every bit as dramatic as expected, as both players spent almost three hours on court during what was a fierce three-set battle.
After losing the first set, Sharapova bounced back in the second and had a lead in the decider, but the Russian was unable to properly take her chances, held back by a troublesome serve and too many errors in key moments of the match.
The second round of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open will wrap up tomorrow. Keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog for more from Madrid all week long.
MORE PHOTOS FROM MADRID:
- Sunday: Sharapova sets up Bouchard clash
- 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