Aryna Sabalenka is one of the loudest players on the WTA Tour. The Belarusian player doesn't hesitate to admit it, and in an interview to Gulf News she spoke about her habit to shout a lot during rallies.
'I really don’t care about the grunting because I am not the only one doing it. A lot of other players shout on the court as well. This is how I am and how I will be', the world No. 60 admitted. 'Honestly, I don’t even hear myself when I am playing.
Then later when I am watching videos of my matches, I say ‘seriously, is that me?’ I am in shock as the grunting is really, really a high pitch. For sure, I would like to apologize to players if they have got unnerved and disturbed.
But this is how I am and no apologies for that.' Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were Sabalenka's childhood idols. But now herself is her idol: 'Yeah as a kid, it was to be like them.
But that is no longer the case now. I am already one of them with an identity of my own. I want to be who I am, and I am Aryna Sabalenka with an identity of my own.' ALSO READ: The Roger Federer effect: record attendance in Rotterdam