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Old 11-22-2012, 11:08 AM   #56
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Originally Posted by Gonzalito17 View Post
Remember Ana Ivanovic used to squeak her shoes right before her opponent served a few years ago in Australia I think it was. Very cunning, but cute at the same time. Gotta love Ana )
Haha Yes... and it wasnt allowed as a fault then either

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'It's a distraction to the server. We played before and she never did it.' She said she had alerted umpire Alison Lang, but no action was taken.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/85775-te...-squeaky-shoes

Tennis player cries foot fault over squeaky shoes

Women's tennis has already suffered rows over loud grunting – and now a player is blaming her downfall on another annoying sound: squeaky trainers.

Daniela Hantuchova said opponent Ana Ivanovic had committed an unusual 'foot-fault' yesterday to get to the finals of the Australian Open.

Hantuchova and Ivanovic Cold handshake: Hantuchova, right, looks away from Ivanovic

The match, in Melbourne, saw Slovakian Hantuchova let slip a 6-0 2-0 lead and go down in three sets.

Her claims of noisy gamesmanship, which recall arguments over the infamous grunts of Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova, saw her accuse Serbian Ivan-ovic of deliberately shuffling her feet before each point. This made a loud, off-putting squeak on the hard court surface.

After a cold handshake at the end of the game, when she barely glanced at her opponent, Hantuchova said: 'I was really surprised with that. I think it's unfair.

Ivanovic It’s a shoe-in: Ana Ivanovic celebrates her winning point . Squeaky shoes not pictured.

'It's a distraction to the server. We played before and she never did it.' She said she had alerted umpire Alison Lang, but no action was taken.

But an indignant Ivanovic, 20, insisted: 'I just tried to move my feet to return the ball, so it really was not intentional.

'If you see other matches, I was doing exactly the same thing. It's just the way these courts play.

'Maybe she was just trying to pick on something, to get upset.'

To add to the bitterness, 24-year-old Hantuchova disputed whether Ivanovic had reached the ball before it bounced twice during a crucial break-point in the final set – but later admitted she could have been mistaken.

The final should prove interesting, if incredibly noisy: Ivanovic and her squeaky shoes are going up against the notorious grunts of Sharapova


Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/85775-te...#ixzz2Cz4Qz9Nt

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