Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Maria Sharapova not worrying about Wimbledon wild card

Maria Sharapova not worrying about Wimbledon wild card

Monday's grudge match pits Sharapova against a player who publicly dubbed her a "cheater" last month and claimed that she should not be allowed to play tennis again in the aftermath of a high-profile doping ban.

"I have a game that can bother her, Bacsinsky said after her first win in five tries against the Spaniard".

The German is the top seed in the draw.

Bouchard called the Russian "a cheater" last week and suggested she should have been banned for life -rather than 15 months -after testing positive for meldonium at the 2015 Australian Open.

It's the only set Bouchard has won against her.

"She's a cheater and ..." "I think she played pretty intelligent, pretty smart".

"When you're out of the game for a long time you just want to play as many games as possible", said Sharapova.

"I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids".

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During Maria Sharapova's recent comeback event in Stuttgart, Genie Bouchard was asked about the Russian's return from a performance-enhancing drug ban. "Once I step on the court, everything will be to the side".

"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". I mean, the breakpoints, I missed a couple of second-serve returns. "I really wanted to win a tournament in Germany, which I've done now and I'm very happy about it". "But those are all things that are normal and are part of the process, part of kind of the journey that I've started. If everything affects you on and off the court, I think that would be a really challenging position to be in", Sport24 quoted Sharapova as saying.

"Yeah, it's not the way I think".

While the 23-year-old Canadian has fired the first shot off the court, she needs to be at her best to outclass the Russian, who is looking focussed on her return to court.

She is also expected to play in Rome later this month, which she said, at the moment, the most important thing for her is just to play matches. Balls were coming so fast and deep that, for a couple of sets, I don't believe we had too many rallies over three balls.

Russia's Maria Sharapova takes part in the Mutua Charity Tie Break on the eve of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica complex in Madrid, Spain, 04 May 2017.

World No. 2 Angelique Kerber eased into round two with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win over Hungary's Timea Babos. World number eight Cilic defeated Raonic in a battle of big hitters to secure his 17th career title - just his second on clay - in little over two hours. While Lucic-Baroni hit a total of 41 winners, she hit nearly just as many unforced errors (34), compared to Sharapova's 16 winners and just 10 unforced errors.

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