Eugenie Bouchard has criticised the Women's Tennis Association WTA) for allowing Maria Sharapova to return to the sport, branding the 30-year-old a "cheater". Sharapova made a triumphant return to the sport on Wednesday evening (26 April) when she defeated Roberta Vinci in straight sets at the Stuttgart Open, but Bouchard does not think the former Wimbledon champion should be involved in tennis after serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test. The Canadian, a former Wimbledon finalist herself, believes the WTA have sent the "wrong message" in allowing Sharapova to compete again and says their decision has gone some way to ruining tennis for her.
On the Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor, Tennis Channel commentator and host Jon Wertheim takes fans between the lines with tennis commentary and exclusive interviews with the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours. On this week's episode, Wertheim talks with Marcus Willis, the now-26-year-old No. 401-ranked British player who became the fairytale story of Wimbledon last year. After considering quitting tennis altogether, Willis ended up in the Wimbledon pre-qualifying draw, won three matches to make the qualifying draw, and played his way into the main draw, before beating then-World No. 54 Ricardis Berankis in straight sets to reach the second round of the tournament.
The tennis star admitted to Gayle King during Tuesday's Ted Talks conference in Canada that her recent pregnancy announcement didn't go exactly as planned, because, you know ... technology. Williams went on: "So 30 minutes later, my phone doesn't ring that much, and 30 minutes later I missed like four calls and I'm like, 'that's weird.' And then I picked it up and I was like oh no ... but it was a good moment. In the end, Williams said she isn't too mad about the way things went down.