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"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.
Posting a photo of herself celebrating victory at Madrid’s ‘Magic Box’, with the caption “How bow dah”, Bouchard made her feelings toward her rival clear.
Earlier that day the current world No 258 revealed that her inspired display in Madrid, which saw her through to the third round of the tournament, was motivated not only by the need to back up her criticism of Sharapova, but to reward those within the sport “too” scared to speak out against the five-time Grand Slam champion.
But injuries and early retirements have robbed women’s tennis of some potentially great match-ups.
Evert, who played Martina in 14 Grand Slam finals and in more than 80 matches, says, “There is no rivalry at the moment.
She says she even refused to stand, like the others, when Serena entered the 2002 Wimbledon Champions Ball.
Serena Williams, with 23 Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, is arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time.
Women’s tennis does matter and Wimbledon now gives out equal prize-money to men and women!"I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people. The same sort of vulnerability perhaps pervades Maria Sharapova’s game and psyche when she plays her nemesis, Serena Williams.She was named one of the ’30 Legends of Women’s Tennis’ by .With her striking good looks, Sharapova has done a large number of modelling assignments and endorsements, and was the highest paid female athlete in the world between 20.