Maria Sharapova is a cheater, I don’t look up to her anymore: Eugenie Bouchard

first_imgMaria Sharapova won her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban, beating Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Wednesday.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 was earlier given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators, receiving a polite applause and some whistling when she entered the sold-out arena.After a shaky start and conceding seven of the first eight points, Sharapova settled and showed flashes of her old self.It was the Russian’s first match since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who is playing in a tournament in Istanbul this week, became the latest in a line of players critical of Sharapova’s being allowed to compete on the women’s tour.”I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so, to me, I mean I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be able to play that sport again,” Bouchard said.”It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids, you know, cheat, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms. I don’t think that’s right and it’s definitely not someone I can say I look up to anymore because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.””She’s a cheater. She shouldn’t be allowed to play ever again.” We asked @GenieBouchard about Sharapova’s comeback. TRT World (@trtworld) April 26, 2017Meanwhile, Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open.French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Wednesday the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16.”The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said.last_img

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