Saturday, 28 January 2012
This morning, in good faith, I settled down in front of the telly with a cup of coffee to watch the Australian Open Final between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. I had to turn it off after about twenty minutes, because I couldn't take the noise that the two players were making. Sharapova's grunting is bad enough, but the high-pitched howl emitted by Azaranka during every shot is way beyond the pale. It sounds like something you'd hear in a wildlife documentary, the kind of noise some unfortunate mammal would make as it is being devoured by a hungry cheetah. It's nothing less than flagrant gamesmanship and it should be addressed by the authorities.