Eugenie Bouchard a Critic of Sharapova’s and Defeats Her in Madrid Tennis

It was Bouchard’s first victory in five meetings with Sharapova, who had 49 unforced errors and nine double faults. Bouchard, ranked 60th, had 21 break opportunities, converting five.

The Madrid Open was only the second tournament for Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, since her 15-month suspension. She received a wild card for Stuttgart last month before reaching the semifinals there, and she received a wild card for Madrid, a tournament she won in 2014. Many players did not like that she received entry without having to qualify.

Bouchard had not backed off her comments, in which she asserted that Sharapova should not be allowed back on the tour.

“I don’t think that’s right,” Bouchard told the Turkish broadcaster TRT World last month. “She is a cheater and so, to me, I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again. It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way.”

This week, she got her chance to let her tennis speak for itself.

“It definitely helps when you can back it up,” Bouchard said. “Obviously, there was a lot going on besides tennis in this match. As soon as I stepped on the court, I really just wanted to make it about tennis. We both did that. We just battled our hearts out.”

There were a few long stares and loud cheers by the players after some points. But Sharapova said she did not need extra motivation to play against anybody.

“I’m just one of the two players out on the court,” Sharapova said. “Everything that surrounds myself, I don’t pay attention to much of it. I’ve been part of this game for many years. I know what the drill is.”

Sharapova won the first game with a powerful shot at the net that forced Bouchard to protect her body. She deflected the ball with her racket and lost the point.

In a tense game near the end of the first set, Sharapova was frustrated after Bouchard won a point when the ball changed directions after striking a net cord. Bouchard turned around without directly acknowledging her fortune.