EUGENIE Bouchard produced a brilliant fighting display to win her grudge match against Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open.
The pair faced each other in the second round in Spain with Bouchard winning 7-5 2-6 6-4 in a competitive and tense match.
Canadian Bouchard had called Sharapova “a cheater” before the Russian’s return to competitive action in April after a 15-month doping ban.
World No.2 Angelique Kerber continued her search for consistent, solid form, managing a battling win into the third round over Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-2 1-6 7-5.
In another early match, Latvian Anastasia Sevastova shocked second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3.
“It was from my side a really up-and-down match. I played really good in the first set, then in the second set the first few games at the beginning of the second set, it was really close,” Kerber said.
“Then she started playing better, putting a lot of balls back. I had too many mistakes in the second set. In the third, I was just trying to finding my game back.
“I was trying to comeback at the end. I know that I can comeback and win matches like that when I’m down. So that was actually what was going on in my mind in the third set.”