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Pump Up The Volume: Sharapova-Azarenka Women's Final Could Be Loudest Contested
Published January 27, 2012
EARPLUGS ANYONE? In Melbourne, Richard Hinds wrote at the “all-shrieking final, anyone capable of drowning out the ear-shattering expulsions of Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova should be given an access-all-areas pass.” The match-up has even “vindicated the lyrics of one of AC/DC's anthems.” Hinds: “Rock'n'roll ain't noise pollution when compared with the aural bombardment to which 15,000 tennis lovers will be subjected.” There have been “half-hearted hints this week that the WTA Tour and the ITF might consider measures to muffle the worst offenders.” But, “of course, the WTA particularly is more likely to close the on-site hairdressing salon than take on its pampered starlets over grunting” (THEAGE.com, 1/27).
THE CORE FOUR: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet in the men's finals Sunday morning after beating Andy Murray and Roger Federer, respectively, in the semifinals. The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Tom Perrotta noted in the “big four ... are so large that they make otherwise imposing colleagues look like specks of dust.” The Australian Open marks the “second straight time they've occupied all four spots in a Grand Slam semifinal,” and the “third time in the last four majors that they've claimed all four semifinal spots.” Tennis is “that predictable right now, though it's not something you'll hear fans complaining about.” Since Marat Safin won the ‘05 Australian Open, only “one man not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic has won a Grand Slam title” -- Juan Martin Del Porto's win at the '09 U.S. Open (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/26).