Coco Gauff shuts down claims she was distracted by Aryna Sabalenka's grunts in Australian Open SF lo

Coco Gauff has denied being distracted by Aryna Sabalenka's grunts during rallies during the 2024 Australian Open semifinal.

Gauff's season in Melbourne concluded on Thursday, January 25, with her third loss to Sabalenka. She lost 6-7 (2), 4-6 in the one-hour and 42-minute match at Rod

Laver Arena, which was held under a covered roof. However, she maintains a slight 4-3 advantage against the Belarussian in their head-to-head.

Sabalenka was at her normal best on Thursday, hitting 33 wins, several of which included her distinctive grunts. 

Following the bout, Gauff was asked if the grunting had ever bothered her during a combat.

"It did not worry me. I don't understand how it might bother someone. However, it does not concern me because it is consistent.

. If she [Aryna Sabalenka] did it extended on some balls, I would think, 'Okay, it's absurd.' No, I suppose it's just her. 

That's OK. There have been other grunters before. "It doesn't bother me," the American stated during her press conference.

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