Genie defeated five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova of Russia to advance to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain. Genie won 7-5 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 51 minutes.
Sharapova got the first break of the match to lead 4-2. Genie was broken in the next game and at 5-5, Genie broke again to serve for the set. At 6-5 Ad-40, a running forehand winner gave Genie the set in 70 minutes.
In the second set, Sharapova got the first break to lead 4-2 and then the next two games to win the set 6-2.
A dramatic third set followed as Genie broke to lead 4-3 when Sharapova hit a backhand long. Sharapova immediately got the break back in the next game to level the set 4-4. The drama continued as Genie got another break on the Russian’s serve when Sharapova hit a cross court backhand wide. Genie won the marathon match on her second match point with a forehand cross court winner for her first win over Sharapova.
In Wednesday’s third round match, Genie will face top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany. Genie has played the 29-year-old five times before and leads the series 3-2. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2013 US Open R2: Kerber won 6-4 2-6 6-3
2014 French Open R4: Genie won 6-1 6-2
2014 Wimbledon QF: Genie won 6-3 6-4
2016 Rome R2: Genie won 6-4 2-6 6-3
2016 Olympics R2: Kerber won 6-4 6-2