As The Court Turns: Sharapova, Bouchard, And The Drama In Madrid
An early round match on the Madrid Open clay doesn’t usually garner sports headlines around the world, but this one will: Maria Sharapova will play Genie Bouchard Monday night at 8:00 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PT and 2 p.m. ET FYI). It’s not like it’s for the title or anything- it’s just for the right to go to the next round. Ah, but if you’ve been paying attention to the tennis news lately, you know that Sharapova has returned to play after a 15 month exile, making the Porsche semis in her first event back. You also know that Genie Bouchard isn’t so keen on seeing Sharapova back on court.
The two do have some personal history together, though Bouchard said three years ago they “weren’t friends.”
Here’s the buzz:
Sharapova vs Bouchard! It won’t be so friendly this time. pic.twitter.com/6HBgFFNx9h
— Ilya Ryvlin (@ryvlin) May 7, 2017
— AusTennisMag (@AusTennisMag) May 8, 2017
— rennae stubbs (@rennaestubbs) May 7, 2017
it will no doubt be 1 of the most watched matches of the year Bouchard v Sharapova 8pm Madrid time. No love lost between these 2.
— Craig Gabriel (@crosscourt1) May 8, 2017
Of course, Bouchard is entitled to her opinion. Sharapova is staying quiet about Bouchard however, which is the proper strategy. Said Sharapova:
“It’s not the way I think. My tennis speaks for itself, and that’s what I focus on. I love being quiet about it and letting everyone around speak or have the noise. I’m very much in my element. I think it’s always great to be the person that’s kind of in control of your actions while everything around you is moving in a different way.”
Talk about bringing baggage (besides the racquet bags) onto the court. Let the drama unfold.
*Quote from Zeenews India.
*Feature image via Zimbio.
*B&W images via Nike.