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.
I will not be ignored! -Me
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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
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