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Venus Forever
Jun 11th, 2003, 03:54 PM
Russian teenager warned for grunting


June 11, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Russian teenager Maria Sharapova was ordered to tone down her grunting during her 6-3, 6-2 victory Wednesday over Nathalie Dechy in the second round of the DFS Classic.

Sharapova, who at 16 is one of the game's most promising young players, was warned by tournament officials after Dechy and players on an adjacent court complained about her high-pitched shrieks.

WTA Tour supervisor Donna Kelso and tournament referee Denise Parnell came on the court to ask Sharapova to lower the volume.

Under the sport's ``hindrance'' rule, a player can be penalized a point for excessive grunting.

Sharapova was quieter for a while, but after three points she went back to loud grunting. Dechy then complained to chair umpire Kim Craven.

``It was one of the loudest (grunts) I have heard,'' the French player said. ``But I just played my match and tried not to care about it.''

In other matches, seventh-seeded Alexandra Stevenson of the United States lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Virginie Razzano of France.

Second-seeded Eleni Daniilidou of Greece defeated Meilen Tu of the United States 7-5, 6-1, and No. 3 Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria beat Jane O'Donoghue of Britain 6-2, 6-4.

Sharapova is louder than Monica Seles, who was warned about her grunting at Wimbledon a decade ago.

``It's difficult for me because I have been doing this since I was four,'' the Russian said. ``But I have to think about how I can control it. If you get a complaint you just have to try to make people happy.

``I don't necessarily like it when I watch it on TV, but it is just automatic for me. But it's not going to be a major concern.''

Venus Forever
Jun 11th, 2003, 03:55 PM
What is this?? Seles scenario all over again?? :o :o :o

Gallofa
Jun 11th, 2003, 03:59 PM
It's much worse than Seles. It's a scream more than a grunt, and it can be heard from 4 courts away, I can imagine it has to bother not only her opponent, who can come to expect it, but people on adjacent courts, since it is truly loud and high pitched. This is glass-breaking stuff :D - truly annoying. When we first heard her at RG this year against Serna, both my friend Caz and I thought it was only time before she got some kind of warning about it.

faboozadoo15
Jun 11th, 2003, 04:06 PM
let er grunt!!!!!! what's next, she's going to have to tone down her hotness because its a distraction to other players? hah lol... jk sort of.

i think that there are A LOT of players who grunt very loudly, louder than monica ever did: serena, venus, bovina, sharapova, ashley (i dont want to mess up her last name). and there are tons of girls on even pace with monica like dementieva. im surprised its been this long for someone to seriously get warned after monica had been so many times. hell, while monica was playing, sabatini grunted as loud.

the cat
Jun 11th, 2003, 07:18 PM
Well said fabooz! :)

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 11th, 2003, 09:10 PM
Yeah, well said! People need to deal. Haha! This is such a funny topic!!

Jakeev
Jun 11th, 2003, 09:15 PM
But if she is in a Stadium filled with 20 thousand people I guess Maria would not get complaints right?

1jackson2001
Jun 11th, 2003, 09:45 PM
*grunts* Okay, so am I gonna get warned now? ;)