Murray thought someone was giving birth when Venus Williams was playing

January 20th, 2011 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Venus Williams Melbourne, Jan 20 (ANI):The grunting and groaning by women tennis players in the ongoing Australian Open has led British tennis champion to say that he has “never heard so much noise in a tennis match”.

Referring specifically to Venus Williams match against Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic, The Independent quoted Murray as saying that he thought someone was giving birth on court.

Ross Hutchins, his Davis Cup colleague, said Williams was “making noises that I didn’t think were possible”.

Maria Sharapova shrieked her way to a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Virginie Razzano.

“It was my first time to play her and I didn’t know she cried like this,” her French opponent said afterwards.

Though Williams won a dramatic match 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 against Zahlavova, Murray tweeted: “Was a lot of noise out there. I turned it on and thought someone was giving birth.”

Williams yelped in agony after reaching for a volley on the last point of the tie-break and hobbled off court to take a medical time-out before the second set. She returned with her right thigh strapped and went on to win with something to spare as Zahlavova failed to take advantage of her impaired mobility. Williams, who has never quit in her 257 Grand Slam singles matches, said afterwards that the injury was the most painful she had ever suffered.

Michael Warburton, an Australian “exercise scientist”, told the Herald Sun newspaper that hearing Sharapova was equivalent to standing next to a police car with its sirens sounding or “using a chainsaw without earmuffs”. (ANI)

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