There's a new queen of scream

DENIS POISSANT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Heard on the Wimbledon practice courts during the early evening hours: Two male players having fun by screaming loudly while hitting the ball, seemingly imitating certain players that have mastered an art that isn't always appreciated.

The controversy surrounding grunting on the courts hit new heights at Roland-Garros thanks to Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 16-year-old Portugese player who is said to be able hit 109 decibels with her screams, ones that can be heard up until her opponent returns the ball.

Maria Sharapova, who previously hit 101 dB on the scream metre, held the old high.

Larcher de Brito was basically booed off the court in France.

It will be interesting to see how the officials at Wimbledon deal will the noise from especially loud players such as the 91st-ranked de Brito.

While there have been some noisy male players (Andre Agassi), it is much more common amongst the women.

Aleksandra Wozniak said that she is so focused during a match that the screams of her opponents don't affect her game. It's all about staying in the zone, she said.

But would Wozniak change her mind if she ends up playing the Queen of the Scream this time around?

Twitter me this

Just like other rich and famous celebrities, it can be hard for some tennis stars to resist the temptation of using Twitter. Serena Williams took the concept a little further on the weekend, drawing chuckles when she said she should start Twittering from the court during breaks in the match and type messages like, "I shouldn't have lost that point.

"But the umpire would probably stop me thinking that I'm getting tips from my coach."

No rest for Woz

Wozniak isn't the type to stay still for long. Instead of giving herself a well-deserved day of rest after her heart-breaking semi-finals lost at Eastbourne, Wozniak hit Wimbledon's practice court 13 Saturday afternoon.

"It's my passion," she said between the inevitable Wimbledon rain showers.

As for her chances, Wozniak knows that she got lucky in the draw, as she won't face a seeded player until the third round. The extra practice served as much to get her ready for the tournament as it did to help her forget her loss at Eastbourne.

Normally Wozniak always stays positive, no matter what the circumstances, which is one of her biggest strengths.

But she said she didn't take her last loss particularly well in a rare moment of negative introspection. But it doesn't last. Soon, she's back practising her various strokes, then she high fives other players while sharing a laugh. Always cool.


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