The emerging feud between Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova shows no signs of fading any time soon, after the Russian took to Twitter to aim a fresh dig at her new-found rival.
Sharapova claimed to be above Bouchard's jibes, who branded the former world No 1 “a cheater” on her return to tennis after testing positive for meldonium last year, but the 30-year-old has now hit back.
I appreciate it.‘He is the main reason for my success and I’m very happy to look at him during tough times in a match. Hopefully one day they will say he was Donna Vekic’s coach.
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.
"I definitely had some extra motivation going into today,” she said on Monday.
He's my idol, everyone's idol.'" Tiafoe accumulated 12 aces and converted on five of 14 breaks points against the 32-year-old Kravchuk in a two-hour match. "I've just been working hard and building as a player, as a person, every day." In other men's first-round matches, Argentina's Horacio Zeballos rallied past Portugal's Gastao Elias 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-5 to set up a meeting with top-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the next round, France's Adrian Mannarino handled German qualifier Benjamin Becker 7-6 (6), 6-3; Croatia's Borna Coric edged Spain's Marcel Granollers 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3; and Spain's Tommy Robredo overcame a challenge from Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win.
The American had defeated Kravchuk last week in the first round of an ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Irving, Texas. Also, Darian King of Barados beat fellow qualifier Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Frances Tiafoe moved into the second round at the Miami Open with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Russia's Konstantin Kravchuk on Thursday in Key Biscayne, Fla.