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Wimbledon 2015: Maria Sharapova not too impressed by David Cameron's grunt joke


Short shrift: Maria Sharapova ignored grunting question

Short shrift: Maria Sharapova ignored grunting question

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Short shrift: Maria Sharapova ignored grunting question

Maria Sharapova gave short shrift to Prime Minister David Cameron's joke that England's women's footballers would need "earplugs" to cope with the grunting during her Wimbledon clash with Serena Williams.

Sharapova lost to Williams for a 17th consecutive time in yesterday's semi-final, the top seed American prevailing 6-2 6-4.

England's footballers headed straight to Wimbledon after attending a Downing Street reception to celebrate their third-place finish at the Women's World Cup.

Mr Cameron told the England stars on leaving Number 10 "take your earplugs, they're quite loud", referring to Sharapova and Williams' on-court grunting.

When asked for her thoughts on Mr Cameron's joke, Sharapova replied: "Next question please."

World number one Williams booked her eighth Wimbledon final appearance, where she will play Spain's Garbine Muguruza, with a routine victory over Sharapova.

Defeated 28-year-old Russian Sharapova had also refused to address questions over her high-pitched screaming after a three-set quarter-final win over America's Coco Vandeweghe.

Belarus' former world number one Victoria Azarenka was far more outspoken on Tuesday after slipping to defeat to close friend Williams.

The 25-year-old hit out at sections of Wimbledon's Centre Court crowd for laughing as she and Williams both grunted loudly throughout their quarter-final battle.

"It's so annoying because guys grunt," said Azarenka on Tuesday. "I was practising next to (Rafael) Nadal, and he grunts louder than me, and nobody notices that, why? I don't understand why.

"Both women on the court were trying their hardest and giving everything, and they make noises. Is that a problem for tennis? It happens in every sport.

"So I think maybe it's time to just put it aside and not talk about it all the time because this is not what is important when there are two players on the Centre Court."

Belfast Telegraph