One of the more noticeable aspects of a WTA match on television is the general noise levels projected by the two grunting athletes. This is not a new phenomenon, as tennis players have been notorious grunters for years, but according to World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka (Player Bio), it is not only the females that should be blamed for grunting, as she names top stars Rafael Nadal (Player Bio) and Novak Djokovic (Player Bio) as equally guilty.
“In tennis it’s weird because everybody keeps complaining that people grunt but if you watch any other sport (they grunt also),”she said. “It’s the same with the guys’ tennis. You watch Nadal and Djokovic. I mean how less intense was that US Open final? Nobody talks about it. This doesn’t make sense in my head.”
Azarenka had a relatively successful season on tour as she captured the Australian Open title and compiled a 42-7 win/loss record this season. While this may be the case, she had a dreadful couple of weeks in Asia as she lost in the opening round in both the Tokyo and Beijing tournaments. She will be looking to rebound from several shocking weeks on the WTA tour with strong performances in the WTA Championships in Istanbul. The World No. 2 will be after some revenge over Serena Williams for her US Open finals loss to the American several months back.
“Serena is always improving, this is the beauty of the competition. It’s a healthy competition and you have to rise to the occasion and really step it up to the next level if you want to be up there. Serena’s still not done.
The Belarusian sees herself as a legitimate threat to Williams and that her performances this year are proof that she can topple the the top star when playing at her best. She relishes the opportunity to be a part of the legacy of one of the greatest tennis players ever.
“It’s been really noticeable the gap from last year we have in the matches has minimized. I’ve beaten her twice this year. No one else has done that. It’s just exciting to be in the era of somebody and competing with somebody who is considered the best ever and being their toughest opponent.”