Bouchard takes a stand against cheat Sharapova says she should be banned

first_img Follow us: ‘The best feeling in the world’ as Sharapova makes winning return following 15-month ban Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 8:23 AM Source: TRT World/YouTubeEUGENIE BOUCHARD BRANDED Maria Sharapova as a “cheater” over her return from a drugs ban and suggested the Russian should be kicked out of tennis for life.Bouchard said the Women’s Tennis Association was sending the wrong message in allowing the five-time Grand Slam winner to come back from her 15-month suspension.Russia’s Sharapova — the world’s highest-paid female athlete for more than a decade until last year, according to Forbes — won on Wednesday on her comeback after testing positive for meldonium.“I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so to me, I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again,” Canada’s Bouchard, the world number 59, told TRT World in Istanbul.It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. So I just think the WTA sends the wrong message to young kids: you know, cheat and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.“So I don’t think that’s right. She’s not someone I can say I look up to any more because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.”Sharapova, 30, has pleaded that she had been taking meldonium for medical reasons for 10 years and didn’t know it had been added to the list of banned substances last year.Her return on a wildcard in Stuttgart, where she beat Roberta Vinci on Wednesday, has proved divisive with both criticism and support from her fellow players.Sharapova will learn on 16 May whether she will receive a wildcard for the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam which she won in 2012 and 2014.– © AFP 2017 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 25,788 Views Share45 Tweet Email 35 Comments By AFP Short URL Bouchard takes a stand against ‘cheat’ Sharapova, says she should be banned for life Tennis bosses sending the wrong message by allowing Sharapova to return, says Bouchard. Apr 27th 2017, 8:23 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more