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Bouchard and Sharapova shake hands despite feud.

Eugenie Bouchard/Maria Sharapova feud reignites as Bouchard defends her comments

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It's no secret that rivals Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova are not friends.

They have been fierce opponents for a number of years, but since Sharapova was banned from tennis for two years following doping charges, Bouchard pulled no punches expressing her disapproval of the Russian's actions.

Sharapova failed a routine drugs test in January 2016 during the Australian Open, and despite not denying the use of the banned drug meldonium, the Russian said she was unaware of the drug not being allowed, and that she was advised by her doctor to take the drug over a 10-year period due to health reasons. 

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The fact that Sharapova did not intend to cheat means that she received a two-year ban instead of the usual four, and was therefore banned from professional tennis until 2018.

But, Sharapova was able to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and they ruled that as she was not seen as an 'intentional doper' her ban was reduced to 15 months.

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"Just the thought that I would be coming back in 2017 in April Is just incredible.

"This was never the was I was going to finish my career, I was always going to finish it on my own terms, whether that was next year or in two years."

Eugenie Bouchard, a Candian female tennis player and currently ranked no 61 in the world, has expressed her feelings since hearing of Sharapova's ban, and drug revelations aswell as her return to the sport in 2017.

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"She's a cheater, and I don't think cheaters in any sport should be allowed to play that sport.

"It's so unfair to all the other players who did it right and are true."

So when the pair met at the Madrid Open, in what was an intense match, with Bouchard emerging victorious in a game that ended 7-5 2-6 6-4.

Since then, the apparent feud had calmed down, but it seems Bouchard still hasn't forgotten about Sharapova, and she stands by what she said a few months back.

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The Canadian has recently said: "No, of course not!" she replied when asked about whether she has regrets.

"I am [comfortable with what I said]. I was asked a question and I couldn’t answer it not honestly so for me, that’s how I try to be.

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Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
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Roger Federer

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