Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Loves_Shizuka, Jun 29, 2012.
I'm not watching as I'm heading to the beach, but ivanovic has a backhand? Now that's news
^well I think she's attempting to. It just looks.... different.
I dread to think what Vika will sound like under the roof
If you mean the screechy Azarenka the noise is truly Every.Single.Shot.
I really, really try to enjoy women's tennis when Wimbledon comes around but I'm afraid the noise is obnoxious and every year I end up turning off the tv. Five minutes is all I could stand this afternoon. I wish they could shut them up somehow
Grunting has never bothered me really. Ever. I don't quite get why people find it SO annoying. Azarenka's is the worst, but it doesn't really effect me. It's just so distinctive. Besides, loads of men do it too
I don't think any guy reaches the level of Azarenka or Sharapova. It's not grunting, more like high pitched wails. I can't watch either without turning down the volume.
Yeah, it seems like people get on the women for this, but men definitely do it too. I think the most annoying grunt for me of all time was Guga Kuerten's who sounded like he was moaning on every shot. But, overall, I don't think it's so bad (for either gender).
^Nadals is the most grating of the mens, and I find lots of the claycourters are quite loud. But yea, it doesn't bother me really.
Vika is on fire though.
Yikes - feathers falling onto the court on center - did a bird get stuck up there .
I turn off the men as well if they do it
The men don't seem as bad (at least the matches I've watched) but it really drives me nuts
Well, I don't think it's because of Rufus the hawk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18663648 as he's having a day off
Azarenka wins 6-1 6-0.
Best performance by a woman so far at this tournament IMO
I think I've gotten used to it...
Vika smells blood, I think.
Vika looks outstanding. Incredible match from her.
All aspects of Vika's game today were fantastic. The constructing of the points and the ball hitting was such high quality. I love when she plays like this.
^So do I; she's actually an (underrated) pleasure to watch. She's aggressive without being wild, and suitably defensive without being dull and passive. She can absorb power so well, and return it with interest and her own fire. Plus she's such a good mover.
Something Vika worked really hard on about a year ago(movement). Something Petra needs to really work at improving.
^Yea - I feel Kvitova could be so good - and I mean even better than she already is, but her overall game is missing something. She needs to work on her fitness and her intensity, but I sense this year is a big learning curve for her. I predict for Petra to step up more in 2013.
Azarenka played amazing tennis - she is looking very, very good.
My selections for the semi's are Azarenka, Williams, Radwaska and Lisciki.
I tend to grunt along with them. If you can't beat 'em.......
First Youzhny, now Viktor Troicki
I just use the mute button.
Make the most of it - he won't be on there for long
Seriously, I would protest every point if I played against Azarenka. She's not grunting she's making loon mating calls. I totally get the scream when you put away a ball, but every shot? I would make it the longest match in Wimby history by going to the official after every point and say her noises are distracting and ugly. I wish someone would have the ovaries to do that.
It's not just a grunt or a scream at an important shot, it's a multiple second loon mating call that lasts until her opponent makes contact with the ball. She needs to be stopped.
The (not-so-unpredictable) sadness.
I love how he sticks his arse out as he's about to reach up for his serve
Love Azarenka's return of serve. She takes it so early and can hit down the line seemingly effortlessly. Better than S. Williams's?
I don't know about that (maybe, given Serena's somewhat less than stellar form so far), but it's definitely one of the best on tour, and the reason she's doing so well this year.
Ditto. I really like her. She's actually quite competent at the net as well.
She comes across quite badly on court for some - all intensity and the grunting - but on her interviews and twitter, she's actually quite nice and funny. But I'm quite intense as well, so I like intensity in my players.
^They were saying on BBC last night that her attitude +plus her grunt turn people off, which is a shame because she's "very beautiful and very talented"... I think there might be some truth to that. I like her for this reason alone. I kinda like it when people just don't give a shit. LOL.
I have to work today so I'll be missing the first half of the day. Hopefully I'll be home in time for the all-German QF
Baker d. Kohli
Murray d. Cilic
Ferrer d. del Potro
Mayer d. Gasquet
Tsonga d. Fish
Aga d. Kirilenko
Kvitova d. Serena
Azarenka d. Paszek
Kerber d. Lisicki
We shall see
If they don't grunt in practice then why on earth do they have to grunt/scream on every. single. shot. in their matches?
And grunts i'm generally ok with but outright screaming which is what a lot of the ladies are doing just seems purposefully effected rather than a grunt which sounds more genuine.
Well, Serena takes it. She played really well. Hard not to see her win this when she plays like this.
Serena was impressive from what I saw - she reeeeally stepped it up by the looks of it. I picked PEtra, but it's great to see Serena in this kind of mood. Well done!
Yeah, after some dodgy moments earlier in the tournament, Serena looked like she found her form today. I agree that she looks too strong to not be the far and away favorite for the tournament, although if Azarenka makes it through, it could be an interesting match between the two.
I've always liked her game, her old mental attitude of being touchy and moody on the court. It would irritate me because she is so talented. Vika considered quitting tennis about a 1 year a half almost 2 years ago.
But I think Vika is just sick and tired of answering questions about her grunting/shrieking. I think the media have been harder on Vika than they are on Maria S or Serena(in regards to the grunting). She showed real resiliency at the Aussie Open when the crowd was mocking her. I didn't see the crowd mock Maria or Serena.
Vika is not letting much bother here, I think she's digging in and playing with even more determination.
Serena played fantastic. There were some good shot making the 2nd set.
Petra is sometimes a slow starter and it hurt her here. Also, Serena's serve was superb today. She serve/volleyed more and went to the net a little more.
Vika grunts in practice. However, I think some of the other players like Maria and Serena probably don't grunt in practice is due to several things. They aren't hitting the ball with all their might and the stress of playing of match. I've seen Maria not grunt on "slice" strokes. I've seen Maria and Serena grunt more in stressful times of the match(nerves) and when they are really putting on power and weight into their shots.
I don't think Maria and Vika grunting/shrieking is done on purpose, i.e. a gamesmanship issue. I do think Serena at times uses the grunts as an intimidation tool.
Lisicki is all over the place today
And on a purely superficial note, I really like Kirilenko's dress.
Tsonga is just
If only Sabine would be more consistent. When she's on, her game is divine.
I like Kirilenko's dress, too. Now, the shots of Alex Ovechkin, I could do without
Agree on Lisicki - but she has just broken back in the 2nd set - maybe she can get settled and make a match of this!!
Glad they have finally gotten all the mens matches sorted - though back to back days will be tough for some of them - especially Mayer who has to face Novak tomorrow. At least with all the other games they will have had the same amount of rest!!
Both girls playing quite well now
According to ESPN, Kerber beat Stosur at the 2011 US Open. Okay, then
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