Watch - The glaring handshake at the net says it all as Bouchard beats Sharapova in grudge match
Eugenie Bouchard produced a stunning performance to beat Maria Sharapova at the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday night, with the frosty handshake exchanged between the two players after their epic contest evidence of the animosity that hung over their grudge match.
A couple of weeks after Canadian star Bouchard suggested Sharapova should not have been allowed to return to tennis after she failed a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open, the tennis fates ensured the two stars at the centre of a media storm were brought together on court.
After a brutal match lasting two hours and 51 minutes, it was Bouchard who emerged victorious, with the glare she gave Sharapova at the net in the final act of the match one of the most memorable moments of this tennis season.
It was world number 60 Bouchard's first ever win over Sharapova, whom she believes should be banned from tennis for life.
Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.
It was reduced to 15 months and, in October, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Sharapova was not an "intentional doper".
Bouchard was still hugely critical of Sharapova, though, and the fired-up Russian looked to gain some kind of payback early on in Madrid.
She needed to save two break points in the fifth game, but broke Bouchard in the sixth with a brutal forehand winner to lead 4-2.
Bouchard immediately broke back and capitalised on sloppy play from Sharapova, who made six double faults in the first set, to break again.
Yet Bouchard missed the chance to win the first set when she dropped her serve to make it 5-5.
Sharapova then lost a 12-minute service game as Bouchard broke and the Canadian eventually took the opening set 7-5 after 70 minutes.
Sharapova, who struggled with her serve all evening, recovered in the second, again claiming a 4-2 lead.
This time she did not let Bouchard back in as she wrapped it up 6-2.
Neither player was prepared to give ground in the decider as Sharapova survived five break points in the fifth game.
Bouchard's pressure paid off when she broke to love to go 4-3 up, only for Sharapova to instantly hit back.
But another break from Bouchard allowed her to serve for the match to set up a third-round tie with Angelique Kerber.