Azarenka slams 'weak people' after thrashing Stosur to claim Qatar title
February 20, 2012 - 8:28AM
Victoria Azarenka isn't about to stop her loud noises during tennis matches and says any opponent who might try to blame it for losing are "weak people".
The top-ranked Belarusian makes a high-pitched noise when she hits the ball, drawing increased criticism during her run to the Australian Open title with some fans even mimicking her at Rod Laver Arena.
The issue has attracted the attention of the WTA, which plans to look at ways of reducing the noise levels made by players.
On a 17-match winning streak after claiming the Qatar Open on Sunday, Azarenka says the hooting comes naturally.
She says anyone blaming a loss on her "grunting or whatever, you know, it's up to them. I think they're just weak people".
Azarenka extended her domination over Australia's Samantha Stosur to win her third successive title of the year at the WTA Qatar Open overnight.
The Australian Open champion showed no signs of discomfort from her overnight injury scare in the semi-finals against Agnieszka Radwanska by beating Stosur 6-1 6-2 in a one-sided final to extend her unbeaten streak in 2012 to 17.
The Qatar Open was Azarenka's 11th career title, 10 of them coming on hard courts.
Third seed Stosur left the tournament as the first Australian woman to earn more than $10 million in career prizemoney.