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Madrid Championship: A somewhat ambiguous statement from Eugenie Bouchard on doping

It looks like Eugenie Bouchard found form this week in Madrid with a few wins over some good players. Quebec allowed themselves a small statement on social networks regarding their opponents in the Spanish Championship.

“There is something about playing anti-doping in Madrid…” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning, without elaborating.

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There are several lines of reasoning regarding this comment. Her first round opponent, Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska, did not play for six months at the start of 2021 after being suspended for taking mesterolone. She was eventually cleared by the International Tennis Federation in June of that year.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old defeated Yastremska in three sets 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2.

In 2017, Bouchard also defeated Maria Sharapova in the second round in Madrid. The former world No. 1 player has been disqualified from WTA activities for taking meldonium in a high-profile Russian state doping case. She faced Montrealer two weeks after returning to play.

Also on Twitter, “Genie” added more when responding to a netizen’s comment that she is now 2-0 down in Madrid against players who have been banned for doping.

“I’m just trying to do my part,” she said, adding with a tearful laugh.

Bouchard’s second-round match is scheduled for Friday morning against Italy’s Martina Trevisan.