The thread title and peoples' defensive responses is a bit over the top , but these videos prove that Vika did not always grunt. Basically, the Vika grunt as we know it is not in these videos. Even today, when getting dinged, she doesn't shriek/grunt as much.
In the same vein, I noticed in the clip from the Schaul/Maria match (when it was in the Schaul thread) that Maria was not grunting for all intents and purposes. Even if she had minute grunts at "0.35, 0.54, 1.25, 1.45," for the most part she is not doing the Sharapova grunt/shriek as we know it. Both claims that they always did it are b.s. They both have made concentrated efforts to use the grunt. Same as the other players who have used it.
What I find interesting in this clip is seeing Vika's outrageous service motion and her petulance at losing.
Maybe Vika serve would be better if she started doing that little back-kick again.
As well, was that her as a young fire-bug? Who was that girl with the match? Vika?