The shrieking was described as a high-decibel hybrid of the sounds emitted by Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
But as Australia’s top ranked woman Ashleigh Barty made a stunning come-from-behind win on Tuesday night, the noise coming from young Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka threatened to derail the entire match.
Tennis commentators, former players and fans labelled the 19-year-old’s grunting and shrieking “ridiculous” and “an absolute disgrace”, and called on the Women’s Tennis Association to put a stop to the screaming they claimed was making the sport unwatchable.
“Something needs to be done about her noise and grunting on court,” tweeted retired player and now commentator Tood Woodbridge, tagging the Women’s Tennis Association.
Sabalenka’s grunting also caused a frisson among late-night spectators with the chair umpire struggling to control the unruly crowd as they mocked the 73rd seed, disturbing a serve and angering Ipswich-born Barty.Rod Laver Arena’s crowd starts to imitate Sabalenka’s grunt. Barty not pleased at all. pic.twitter南京夜网/H42RJxe5rq??? BreakPointBR (@BreakPointBR) January 16, 2018Nice player #Sabalenka but something needs to b done about her noise and grunting on court!!!! @WTA change channel #watchsomethingelse??? Todd Woodbridge (@toddwoodbridge) January 16, 2018This Sabalenka is deadset grunting as the ball passes over , or has passed, the net. It’s bloody ridiculous. @WTA need to stamp out this crap. Makes tennis unwatchable.??? Todd Balym (@balymt) January 16, 2018Sorry @ashbar96 would love to keep watching and supporting you but can’t take that prolonged screeching from Sabalenka anymore. An absolute disgrace!!! Good luck??? Michael Christian (@Chrisso_21) January 16, 2018When does screeching become an issue in tennis matches? Sabalenka has so much grunt variation I can’t stand watching the match #AusOpen??? timmaylg (@tim_g18) January 16, 2018It’s totally unacceptable the amount of ‘noise’ coming out of Aryna Sabalenka’s mouth as she hits most of her shots. It must be a distraction to Ash Barty. It’s ruining the match. #AusOpen??? Adam White (@White_Adam) January 16, 2018Cannot believe a player is allowed to make such a God awful noise when playing as Sabalenka does. Should be a rule against this blight on the game. Unbearable. #AustralianOpen Go @ashbar96 !??? Rich Gregory (@gegsy1) January 16, 2018Seriously. The grunting from this Sabalenka is absolutely excruciating and unnecessary. Why aren’t the WTA doing something to rein this in? Not enjoyable viewing AT ALL #AusOpen??? Casey (@MissCasey76) January 16, 2018I do love everything else about Sabalenka’s game, and hate that the grunting is going to overshadow it for so many. Wildly bold, heavy metal tennis. #AusOpen??? Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 16, 2018My… Sabalenka with her grunt.. is just.. pic.twitter南京夜网/O6Cqjin4XP??? LorenaPopa ????????????????? (@popalorena) January 16, 2018They tell the crowd to be quiet when a piece of cotton touches a piece of felt, but Sabalenka is allowed to screech like she’s been torn apart by a savage pack of lions. Ah, tennis. #ausopen??? Jon Tuxworth (@Tuxy81) January 16, 2018Anyone watching the #Tennis ? Sabalenka is very loud on the court. Making a big racket. Shame they don’t lose a point every time they shreak. I bet she’d stop fast if she was penalised each time she wailed like that. Very annoying to listen too. The ref’s need to caution her!??? Fleur Lind (@AuthorFleurL) January 16, 2018Too late for @WTA to act now of course but in Sabalenka, they have, quite literally, created a monster. No opponent should EVER have to contend with this noise. #AusOpen2018??? The Late Cut (@The_Late_Cut) January 16, 2018Sabalenka is screaming for the sake of screaming. Frankly I’m disappointed that no one is giving her some kind of warning @AustralianOpen??? KaShaz (@ksos23) January 16, 2018I have my tv on mute and I can still hear Sabalenka??? Toddy O (@toddyor73) January 16, 2018This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.