Eugenie Bouchard felt that the match against Maria Sharapova was different than other ones. The Canadian player, who prevailed 7/5 2/6 6/4 after two hours and 51 minutes, was inspired and played a great tennis to beat Sharapova for the first time in her career.
'It was a very tough match, not only physically and tennis-wise, but also mentally and emotionally', said Bouchard. 'Each point was a battle from the first point. It was really a fight. I'm just proud that I came out stronger in the end and held it together in the third set.' Most of the players don't like Sharapova from an Human point of view, and Bouchard confirmed it: "I definitely had some extra motivation going into today.
Obviously I had never beaten her before. Also given the circumstances... I was actually quite inspired before the match because I had a lot of players coming up to me privately wishing me good luck, players I don't normally speak to, getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me.
So I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people. I really felt support.' 'At points in the match, I definitely did not feel the rhythm', Genie added. 'You mentioned rollercoaster. There was a little bit of up and down in the match, for sure.
I had moments where I was a bit frustrated. I thought I could play better. But overall with the whole mental aspect, just fighting and playing almost a three-hour match, the physical battles, I mean, she's playing really well right now.
Everything together, for sure, it's one of my more prouder matches in the past couple years.' In the next round on Wednesday she will face Angelique Kerber and she is aware that will have to start from zero again: 'I want to maybe rest my brain a little bit, not think about it too much for tomorrow.
I have the day off, which is good. I want to go for it. I'm the underdog, by far. It's nice to have this position these past couple years. So I want to at least take advantage of that, just go for it, play good tennis, build on this, and enjoy it, kind of just show what I can do.
Yeah, just go for it.' ALSO READ: WTA MADRID - Eugenie Bouchard is back: she beats Sharapova in a magical night