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pov
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:03 PM
Your taste in sound effects.

pedropt
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:12 PM
I'm okay with both. I love grunts :hysteric:

I'll always remember that simply amazing rally in AO with Venus and Zahlavova where both grunted as hard as they could, that was so hot! :drool:

Mary Cherry.
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:21 PM
I can't understand why it's necessary but players have been grunting for as long as I've been watching tennis so for me it's not really an issue.

Except when Schiavone does it because it just sounds repulsive.

Amalgamate
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:24 PM
I would prefer if grunting was kept to a minimum. However, when it now goes past the point of grunting and is just full on screaming--that's where I have a problem with it. Azarenka's is easier on the ears for me while Sharapova's is just brutal :help:

Alejandrawrrr
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:27 PM
I prefer tennis without any grunting at all, or a lower exhale-type sound(Though most of my faves are loud,) But I had to go with option one. Pova's is a high-pitched grunt, but Vika's long, drawn-out falsetto simply grates my nerves.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 1st, 2011, 05:32 PM
Grunt makes the match seem more intense and more exciting :)

Shadowcat
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:03 PM
Both of their shrieks/grunt is fine. But I prefer Azarenka more than Maria. I think Maria shriek is too deafening to the ear. It's more high pitched than Azarenka, in my opinion. But I can't stand De Brito (she's like, take Maria shriek and multiply it by 10 times) or Schiavone (urgahhh...urgahhhh!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbLCvFSY1y0

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:03 PM
men groaning is just :o too
funny how none of the reporters complain about Nadull's moans

M-K
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:08 PM
Except when Schiavone does it because it just sounds repulsive.

:spit: Too true.

Ryusuke Tenma
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:09 PM
Nadull doesn't shriek like a banshee.
His grunting is annoying, yes, but the women shriek and screech.
Especially Sharapova, her screeching is agonizing and unnecessary.

Azarenka's isn't agonozing, but it's annoying.

This match will be annoying, very annoying.

Mary Cherry.
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:11 PM
I'll always remember that simply amazing rally in AO with Venus and Zahlavova where both grunted as hard as they could, that was so hot! :drool:

That was just funny if anything :lol: And Venus' dress just made it even more hilarious.

n1_and_uh_noone
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:12 PM
Hate both. Can't imagine how they don't have sore throats at the end of every match, with all the full-throated growls, yowls and roars.

AcesHigh
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:13 PM
they're not even grunts. They're more like shrieks or screams. Don't like either.

The Dawntreader
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:25 PM
They're so dramatic. I love it.

Break My Rapture
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:26 PM
It has never bothered me at all. Some people seriously need to get over it, y'all whine harder than the players who actually have to face these "banshees" on the other side of the net.

Spring Pools
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:32 PM
I can't understand why it's necessary but players have been grunting for as long as I've been watching tennis so for me it's not really an issue.

Except when Schiavone does it because it just sounds repulsive.

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Also, for me, it seems weirder when the grunts are deeper.
BTW, does anyone watch cougar town here? Because the Jules Ellie match had some good grunts

Spring Pools
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:33 PM
men groaning is just :o too
funny how none of the reporters complain about Nadull's moans
I don't like his moans.
The way I see it, if grunting is allowed, people should be able to say things on court. How is a tiny allez worse than a larcher de brito grunt?

Slutiana
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:37 PM
They're so dramatic. I love it.
Yup. :bigclap: Love them.

I get that some people don't like it, but Maria has been doing this for almost 8 years now. People really need to get over it. We've seen her go quiet in certain matches and usually she has sucked balls, so clearly it helps to energize and get her intensity up.

AndreConrad
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:55 PM
The grunts and moans are annoying, but I guess I am okay with the sounds as long as the game is sound ;)... They are competing at the end of the day and the side effects will always be there. If we ask the players to put their hearts in the game we can't really ask them to tame their reactions. It would be unnatural.

Jane Lane
Apr 1st, 2011, 06:59 PM
I've watched enough of Vika for it not to annoy me. And it's not as loud when you're there live IMO.

pov
Apr 1st, 2011, 08:34 PM
So far I haven't got used to Azarenka's sound. It's way too drawn-out for me.

Mary Cherry.
Apr 1st, 2011, 08:37 PM
And it's not as loud when you're there live IMO.

Very true, especially in Sharapova's case.

laurie
Apr 1st, 2011, 09:11 PM
I'm really looking forward to this match. I was at the French Open quarterfinals in 2009 and the French crowd were audibly laughing at Azarenka's howls during her match with Safina.

The first time I saw Azarenka was at the Junior French Open in 2005, I wasn't impressed at all, she was literally imploding on the court, bawling her eyes out at every changeover, it was a strange experience :lol: Then suddenly she had that big win at the US Open in 2007 against Hingis and I think she's improving all the time, I like the fact that she's prepared to come forward on hard courts to finish off points.

Yes, it will be very loud tomorrow, the Miami crowd are bound to take the mickey out of both players.

laurie
Apr 1st, 2011, 09:19 PM
I've watched enough of Vika for it not to annoy me. And it's not as loud when you're there live IMO.

That's an interesting point, I've seen a lot of matches down the years, I've seen Azarenka live a few times including the Eastbourne final last year against Makarova. I've also seen Sharapova live a few times. Certainly microphones really accentuate the grunts, howls etc on television.

But I also remember Wimbledon 2006, I was on court no 1 watching Mauresmo v Myskina and I could hear in the distance Sharapova's screams from centre court! I later learned that day that Dementieva complained in that match to the Umpire about Sharapova's noise - that was really loud :lol:

BartoLiNa
Apr 1st, 2011, 09:22 PM
Even though Sharapova's is louder it doesn't bother me as much because it seems like it's something she needs to do. I think Azarenka's is put on with the intention of annoying the opponent.

I still like them both though.

gc-spurs
Apr 1st, 2011, 10:08 PM
I've watched enough of Vika for it not to annoy me. And it's not as loud when you're there live IMO.

Agreed.

Tezuka.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 12:01 AM
I've watched enough of Vika for it not to annoy me. And it's not as loud when you're there live IMO.

Yeah, so true.

Ralph214
Apr 2nd, 2011, 12:02 AM
Grunts add more drama and intensity (to cover up the lack of quality) :oh:

Lucemferre
Apr 2nd, 2011, 12:08 AM
The sooner they ban the Grunts and Shrieks

The Better the Tennis will be

And maybe WTA can be taken seriously once more

They take Nadal seriously and he grunts like a boar.It's ok only because he's a man.Take your hypocritical BS to elsewhere and focus on your rankings.

Shafanovic.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 01:06 AM
I love it personally :inlove:

I'm so sick of people complaining like, if it annoys you then mute the fucking tv or don't watch it. No one's strapping you down to a chair and making you watch it.

Oooh that last bit sounds kinky :hehehe:

perseus2006
Apr 2nd, 2011, 02:22 AM
I love it when women shriek!

Andy.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 02:24 AM
Grunt makes the match seem more intense and more exciting :)
Thats what I think too :)

gc-spurs
Apr 2nd, 2011, 03:23 AM
vika7 victoria azarenka
playing tomorrow at 12.30 pm against sharapova! and yes guys its gonna be a LOUD match! prepare urself I hope to see a lot of u out there:)
49 minutes ago

From vikas twitter

Root
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:01 AM
I got used to Sharapova's that it's too weird when she is quite and there's no grunting to be heard. I don't mind them.

kaetchen
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:23 AM
I don't mind that much grunting but both Maria's and Vika's are screams and shrieks and I think should not be tolerated. Where's the point in requiring silence from the audience when your opponent could scream even when you're about to hit the point? Not to mention it was proven that some of those screams reach harmful levels for human ears. Something must have been done about it but I guess it's too late now.

Dominic
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:29 AM
I enjoy most grunts

gc-spurs
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:31 AM
I don't mind that much grunting but both Maria's and Vika's are screams and shrieks and I think should not be tolerated. Where's the point in requiring silence from the audience when your opponent could scream even when you're about to hit the point? Not to mention it was proven that some of those screams reach harmful levels for human ears. Something must have been done about it but I guess it's too late now.

Proven? PROVEN? Show me.

Havok
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:56 AM
Maria's random assed shrieks are highly annoying. The only thing wrong with Azarenka's is the fact that is lasts so long she's still grunting when her opponent hits the ball back to her! I honestly don't mind GRUNTS whatsoever, it's the damn yelling that is simply over the top and annoying as fuck.

AcesHigh
Apr 2nd, 2011, 06:22 AM
Proven? PROVEN? Show me.

Yes, her scream was recorded in decibels. You can look it up

gc-spurs
Apr 2nd, 2011, 06:25 AM
Yes, her scream was recorded in decibels. You can look it up

Oh that. Fail, thats not harming anyones ears. That was a weak argument for banning shrieking, its a stupid conclusion.

AcesHigh
Apr 2nd, 2011, 06:32 AM
Oh that. Fail, thats not harming anyones ears. That was a weak argument for banning shrieking, its a stupid conclusion.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2200647/Maria-Sharapovas-grunts-at-Wimbledon-like-pneumatic-drill.html

kaetchen
Apr 2nd, 2011, 07:22 AM
Proven? PROVEN? Show me.
At 120 decibels the ear registers pain, but hearing damage begins at a much lower level, about 85 decibels.

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A0835810.html

How the grunters compare, in decibels

Maria Sharapova 101

Monica Seles 93.2

Serena Williams 88.9

Lindsay Davenport 88

Venus Williams 85

Victoria Azarenka 83.5

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6493899.ece

gc-spurs
Apr 2nd, 2011, 07:26 AM
There is a risk of hearing loss when noise is sustained at more than 90 decibels.

Sharapova doesn't even sustain a second. Its like glancing at the sun as opposed to staring at it for ages. Stupid argument. Just journos trying to hint at nothing, and the idiots who buy into it.

Sp!ffy
Apr 2nd, 2011, 07:38 AM
Marias grunts sound angelic but Vikas shrieks sound like dying crows.

Slutiana
Apr 2nd, 2011, 08:34 AM
As other have said though, I do think Vika's a is slightly put-on. While Maria's grunts are gritty and you can clearly hear that she is expending energy while she does it, Vika's last for and age and are done with that horrible forced falsetto.

But again, I don't mind either.

FleetSeb
Apr 2nd, 2011, 08:55 AM
I never get bothered by grunting, to be honest I'm too interested in the actual tennis to care about all the other nonsense that commentators and the media bang on about... I don't see why people would rather talk about that than the actual tennis on display - whether its horrible or good.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 2nd, 2011, 08:55 AM
If people were so put-off by it they wouldn't buy tickets. If they do, then that's their choice and they should not complain if they go see it. I have no problem with it, perhaps I've got used to it watching Maria's matches. I still haven't got used to Vika's because I have a dog that sounds exactly the same :sobbing: but I don't mind hers either. Ones complaining are usually the ones watching their matches on TV. :lol:

Lachy
Apr 2nd, 2011, 09:02 AM
Azarenka's grunt has two syllables, the second comes after she hits the fcking ball and carries for like 5 seconds :weirdo: :hysteric: :o

Break My Rapture
Apr 2nd, 2011, 12:21 PM
I love it personally :inlove:

I'm so sick of people complaining like, if it annoys you then mute the fucking tv or don't watch it. No one's strapping you down to a chair and making you watch it.

Oooh that last bit sounds kinky :hehehe:
:happy:

Sabinator.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 01:02 PM
Azarenka's grunt has two syllables, the second comes after she hits the fcking ball and carries for like 5 seconds :weirdo: :hysteric: :o

This :help:

Vee Williams
Apr 2nd, 2011, 02:00 PM
Marias grunts sound angelic but Vikas shrieks sound like dying crows.

Now that is blasphemy!

AcesHigh
Apr 2nd, 2011, 02:01 PM
If people were so put-off by it they wouldn't buy tickets. If they do, then that's their choice and they should not complain if they go see it. I have no problem with it, perhaps I've got used to it watching Maria's matches. I still haven't got used to Vika's because I have a dog that sounds exactly the same :sobbing: but I don't mind hers either. Ones complaining are usually the ones watching their matches on TV. :lol:

Many people buy tickets in advance... what should we do.. sell our tickets once we find Sharapova will be on court?? :weirdo:

Additionally, you don't have to be on the same court to hear Sharapova. I've often heard her from the neighboring court or elsewhere on the premises.

Vikapower
Apr 2nd, 2011, 02:31 PM
I've seen much better quality threads than this one closed by the mods.

pov
Apr 2nd, 2011, 03:50 PM
I'm not among them but I'm glad to see that more than half of those who did the poll are okay with the sounds of both players. Kudos to you all. :yeah:

Ryusuke Tenma
Apr 2nd, 2011, 04:41 PM
Marias grunts sound angelic but Vikas shrieks sound like dying crows.
Angelic? :weirdo:

She sounds like a banshee.
What's so angelic about that? :tape:

Mary Cherry.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 04:44 PM
Marias grunts sound angelic but Vikas shrieks sound like dying crows.

Oxymoron.

GoofyDuck
Apr 2nd, 2011, 04:49 PM
Azarenkas is just so random nothing to do with gathering power for a hard shot.
Maria's loudness really depends on the intensity of the shot and rally.

Vikapower
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:05 PM
Azarenkas is just so random nothing to do with gathering power for a hard shot.

When SuperRena makes a huge scream on contact point for a DTL FH for example completed by a huge Come on in the opp's face it's to gather power too !!?

If you hate Vika just say it so that you be enrolled in a Vika boot camp for you to know that in life there are better than just waisting time uselessly criticizing one of the most sexympathic players ever on a random GM thread...

Wiggly
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:12 PM
Vika's grunt is much longer.
Sometimes her opponent is hitting the ball while she's still sounding like the Octo-Mom with 3 babies to go.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:20 PM
Sharapova doesn't even sustain a second. Its like glancing at the sun as opposed to staring at it for ages. Stupid argument. Just journos trying to hint at nothing, and the idiots who buy into it.

sustained can also mean sitting and hearing her scream like that for over an hour or so, especially when she can get into rallies...:shrug: i don't have a problem with grunting but come on, it'd be foolish to deny that those shrieks don't do damage when you know how high it gets on the decibel scale :lol:

Ryusuke Tenma
Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:24 PM
Azarenkas is just so random nothing to do with gathering power for a hard shot.
Maria's loudness really depends on the intensity of the shot and rally.
Wrong.
Sharapova's screams are to put the opponent off.
All the screamers do that to put the opponent off.