Please stop with the grunting, Maria. Can't imagine why anyone does that in the first place...It's disturbing and ridiculous! And also... do yourself this favor..if you're grunting in the bedroom, STOP! That's one sure way to get on a person's nerves and end a relationship. Thank you
If Maria was grunting in MY bedroom, I don't think it would end the relationship!
Get over it man. You aren't a true fan if you don't love the passion she puts into her game. Including her grunting. Hope she wins tomorrow!
Seriously......I don't like the screaming either, it is unnecessary and distracting. Not that Maria is alone in doing this....Azarenka even adds a 'ball in flight' scream to her noise! Not to mention Venus's banshee wailing. It started way back in the 70's with Jimmy Connors (Nastase used to immitate him!), and then on to players like Tracey Austin and Monica Seles. That is no excuse for the current excesses, however. Once this Wimbledon is over, I think the LTA should take a lead and clamp down on it. There are ways and means to do just that......to be discussed at a later date, maybe!
I think Maria's screams actually alienate a lot of people who would otherwise support her. And the red top press are totally negative towards her.....in fact if the final had been between Maria and Azarenka, The Mirror and The Sun would have issued everyone on Centre Court with free ear protectors!!
It doesn't bother me At least her and Vika do it all the time unlike the Williams who do it when they are struggling. If people find it so horrendous then they'll either not watch or i suggest they go buy some ear plugs.
it doesnt matters to me,and it wont end a relationship!
I hate when articles talk about wearing ear-plugs to Maria's matches they exaggerate it way too much. I find Maria's grunting quite soothing (if thats possible) tbh
@Podge, same here. The media always come out with some grunt-o-meter rubbish, saying she's louder than some sort of helicopter So tedious.
I also agree with Suzie's post, so true
Fact is that the screaming and grunting issue is growing bigger each year. It is the one thing I am NOT keen on about Maria. There, I've said it. However yesteday I actually stuck up for her in an email exchange with Mike Walters from the Daily Mirror. He virtually accused her (and azarenka) of cheating by putting the opponent off. I said to him that he had conveniently ignored the other players (including the Williams sisters, Connors and McEnroe) who have screamed and grunted their way to the top over the years.
He came back to me by saying he did not excuse these players either......just chose not to have a go at THEM!! He then said that Maria didn't scream when she won the Wimbledon crown in 2004....IS THIS TRUE?? I can't remember.......
ANYWAYS, AND YOU WON'T LIKE THIS.....The solution would appear to be to deduct points/games/sets from players who go over an agreed normal 'decibel count'. And TBH, I'd have no problem with that. And does this screaming really help MARIA? I notice she doesn't do it in practice.......
Hi robb. The problem is that the question CANNOT be discussed on any inherent merits. Sounds like Walters is at least honest enough to state openly at whom he directs his AGENDA.
The fact is: Noise only becomes an "is-sue" when Anglo-American-Aussie mouthpieces attack Russian & other Eastern players. Apparently the voices of girls who from the other side of 15° E are particularly offensive--as I'm sure they are for the panderers to Whitehall & State!
Well, I say these worthies should show the courage of their convictions. Go ahead and throw down. Drive the Eastern stars from the sport. As there is no longer any such thing as a level playing field in the West anyway, it's high damned time for a Eurasian Slam, an East Asian Slam and a SEPARATE TOUR.
Russia & Eastern Europe have the champions & China has the media resources to take it to the globe without Western "mediation".
This is probably not the proverbial "final straw", but the girls should basically just flip 'em off. Tell 'em hey, you want some shit, you got it!
I don't understand about the fuss with Maria's grunting. Tennis players play matches with only 90 second breaks in their matches and are constantly running around and putting their most effort into every shot they play. Therefore, we should leave the grunters alone. Also, to totally isolate Maria and act as if she is some villain who is the only one that grunts is unfair. The Williams' do it, Vika does it, and MEN do it. I'm sure if the men had high voices and grunted, they would grunt as high and loud as Masha. (Have you heard Nadal grunt?) Last thing, you would think they would enforce a rule about grunting when Monica was playing, and not wait a few decades until Masha came into the picture to whine and complain about grunting. And I hate when people are like, "Well, Fed doesn't grunt!" Yeah, so? He doesn't represent all of the tennis players.
Even though I am fine with grunting ( I don't want to sound hypocritcal ) Vika's grunt is so unnatural. At least Maria's sounds natural and it varies, it doesn't sound the same way constantly, like an owl.
ANYWAYS..... (sorry about that novel) I hope Maria continues to improve and wins some titles during the US Open Series!
Hi Paul. True, there does seem a media bias agaianst the Eastern Europeans. The Mirror described MARIA KIRILENKO as an 'identikit Russian' after her defeat by Serena. And Walters suggested to me that Maria's screaming had lost her support. I did mention to him the fact that she has 5 million facebook fans, but he didn't come back to me on that!
However, this does not address the screaming 'issue', whoever may be do the screaming. I feel that it needs sorting. Just my opinion.