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Maria Sharapova appears on Ellen, admits she’s unsure if grunting helps

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Maria Sharapova just recently returned to the court, playing in an exhibition against Ana Ivanovic. (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk tennis and Sugarpova. She revealed that she has no idea whether her trademark grunting helps her tennis, but she’s never actually tried to stop it.

“I’m not sure what it does,” Sharapova said when DeGeneres asked her whether the grunting helps her breathing and exertion. “I still to this day don’t really know.”

Sharapova, who along with Victoria Azarenka are the lightning rods for the grunting in the women’s game, says she’s never tried to play without grunting so she doesn’t know if it helps or hurts her game.

“I’ve never actually tried [to stop],” she said. “Because once you start playing, you just start going into this automatic rhythm.”

Also, Ellen helps Sharapova get into the holiday spirit by gifting her an incredible Christmas-themed tennis dress. Let’s wait and see if she wears it in any upcoming matches.

Watch a clip of the interview here:

  • Published On Dec 10, 2013
  • 9 comments
    gazlyn62
    gazlyn62

    Frankly, I do not mind the grunting, screaming, yelling or anything else you may want to call it.  If the players opponent does not mind -- and most say that they don't -- why is everyone so determined that the players stop it?  It may just be  some sort of psychological crutch, but who cares?  To me, it adds a degree of personality to the player and vice versa.  To each, his/her own.  

    Jan3
    Jan3

    Grunting is not the same as high-pitch screaming.  My TV goes off when the screaming starts.  sorry

    DavidCottrell
    DavidCottrell

    How would she know...she doesn't grunt....she SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEAMS!!!!!!!!

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    screamapova, not the sharpest knife in the drawer!

    medgabite
    medgabite

    Well it certainly doesn't help when she is playing Serena.  I've actually seen her grunt waaaay AFTER she hit the ball to Serena.  That was weird.

    CMassrey
    CMassrey

    Sharapova says she's never actually tried to stop?  Oh really?   I've watched Sharapova practice a few times and she never grunts.  So her doing it in a match is all for show.

    GlamSpinTennis
    GlamSpinTennis

    She tends to stop grunting as she begins to lose a match, when she realizes she can't fight back. Particularly versus Serena. 

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @gazlyn62it is not that other players do not mind, they have to block it out, and focus on their own game. frankly, the screaming is a turn off. look at how serena tries to muffle her grunts. she can grunt with the best of them , but she realizes what a turnoff all that screaming is to the audience and viewers. so, keep your volume on if you want too. i turn my sound off. TO EACH HIS/HER OWN!!!