Sharapova ALWAYS grunted. She was unusually quiet in that match because she was laser focused on not letting Serena in the match. Hingis said Sharapova always grunted snd could hear her from several courts away when Maria first came onto the tour. There's also videos of her at 13 and 14...still grunting. In her book, she said she does not remember when it started because it's just instinct and she doesn’t care what people think of her grunt. Their problem, not hers.Sharapova did not always grunt. If you look back at the ‘04 Wimby final, she exhales in a natural-sounding way but is not screaming. Halep’s grunt doesn’t bother me, even though I agree with you that it’s loud and she never used to grunt like that. I agree with whoever said his/her feeling about grunting varies depending on the feelings for the player. Though I love Serena, even her grunt is annoying to me at times and will sound desperate if she’s losing or out of shape. Sabalenka annoys me the most, but that could just be because I don’t like her. She, just like Maria, grunts even when hitting a soft shot that would take very little exertion.