Loud Mouths

Published : Feb 21, 2004 00:00 IST

Rating the Game's All-time Grunters.

Jimmy Connors

The Godfather of Grunt took heat from opponents, who said he was trying to throw off their timing.

Chris Evert

She had the kind of grunt you might have expected — discreet, short, like a punctuation mark to her strokes.

Vicki Palmer

A Top 10 player in the U.S. in the 1960s, she's believed to be the first player, man or woman, with a decent grunt.

Maria Sharapova

Her glass-shattering scream, which can be heard even on delicate drop shots, puts her at No. 1 on the decibel charts.

Monica Seles

She delivered her two-fisted attack with two syllables: ahh-yee!

Thomas Muster

He tore into the ball with a throaty roar that lasted from the time he brought his racquet back until well after his follow-through.

Viriginia Ruzici

In the 1970s and early '80s, the Romanian Top Tenner garnered more attention for her grunt than her 14 singles titles.

Serena and Venus Williams

On big points, the sisters like to let out screams that are as scary as their shots.

Gustavo Kuerten

He's more of a moaner, but even louder than Connors was.

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