That grunting (and shrieking) is really getting on my nerves.
What is that horrible sound?
That is the sound of cheating, according to Caroline Wozniacki:
I think there are some players who do it on purpose. They don’t do it in practice and then they come into the match and they grunt. I think they [officials] could definitely cut it. If you grunt really loudly your opponent cannot hear how you hit the ball. Because the grunt is so loud, you think the ball is coming fast and suddenly the ball just goes slowly. In tight moments, maybe the grunt helps them with getting less nervous.
So whom is the Woz’s remark aimed at?
Victoria Azarenka Seeks Respectful Silence From Spectators
What she said:
“I would love people to be a bit more respectful and turn off their cell phones and just come and watch tennis and respect that players are doing their job.”
Azarenka, along with Maria Sharapova, is considered one of the worst offenders when it comes to grunting and shrieking on court among women tennis divas.
What she really meant:
“You should put those cell phones in silent mode and just take pictures or videos of me. Let me take care of the decibel levels. That’s my job, isn’t it? Isn’t that what you turn up for? Grunty Azarenka!”
What she definitely didn’t:
“Now, if I could just discover my ‘silent mode‘.”
The quarter-finals dawned with not a Williams in sight. No Serena, No Venus.
Yes, they had both returned from injury. They had adequate warm-ups before the championships but not the desired results for bookies to up the ante.
Yet it all seemed business as usual, past the first week.
The odd-makers re-installed Serena as queen over the weekend.
It was not to be. Serena could not stop a rampaging, charged-up Marion Bartoli.
Strasbourg 2010 and Amelia Island 2008 were her only clay court trophies of 22 on the WTA Tour.
But not now. With her victory over Samantha Stosur at Rome on Sunday, the Siberian staked her claim to the French Open this year.She stalked her adversaries and crept up on her prey, unsuspecting. Beware—Maria, the huntress, is on the prowl.
Caroline Wozniacki ensured that she retained her No. 1 ranking for the year by winning her first match at the WTA Doha championships.
She beat Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in three sets.
Vera Zvonareva stays No. 2 behind the sizzling Dane.
It would have been interesting if Zvonareva had come through to be ranked No.1.
I wonder how many instances are there of two different players ranked No. 1 in the same year without ever having won a Grand Slam?
Any bets as to which of these two will clinch a Slam first?
Samantha Stosur lost to Elena Dementieva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in her third round robin match.
But her earlier victories against Wozniacki and Schiavone have propelled her into the semi-finals.
Clijsters, too, has made her way to the semis triumphing over Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
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