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Shrink says Sharapova-style 'lion-roar' shrieks can improve player's performance.

New York, Aug 30( ANI ): Tennis players, mostly female, have often come under scrutiny for their lion-roar like grunting on court, but now an America based psychologist has claimed that shrieking during a match actually enhances a player's performance.

Top tennis players like the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are known to shake stadiums around the world with their loud gruntings, but Dr. Joel Fish, the director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, believes it is not a bad habit, as it helps a player to express her emotions during a game.

Fish, who is someone who has worked with top tennis players, said grunting is about one thing i.e. habit, and when it becomes part of a player's routine, it can improve performance.

"It can be symbolic of a strong hit, a controlled effort. It gives you confidence, and that's the foundation for your natural talent to come out," The New York Post quoted Fish, as saying.

Grunting during a match can also have the opposite effect on an opponent, such as throwing them off their game, although Fish claimed he's never worked with anyone who grunted specifically to distract an opponent.

"Some people are better at tuning it out than others. I put grunts in the same category as fan noise or weather conditions. If someone is grunting and the opponent has difficulty tuning it out, a grunt can have a distracting effect and be a mental edge," Fish said.

"If you couldn't learn how to deal with grunts, you'll probably have been weeded out of the system before the professional level," he added. ( ANI )

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