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World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka’s shrieks set to music

AP, MELBOURNE, Australia

Musician Redfoo stands in the crowd following Victoria Azarenka’s victory over Eleni Daniilidou in their Australian Open women’s singles match in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday last week.

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Music fans will soon get to hear the symphonic-like shrieking that Victoria Azarenka brings to her tennis.

The world No. 1 and reigning Australian Open champion is known as one of the more vocal players on the women’s tour, accompanying almost every whack of the ball with a high-pitched shriek.

In a silent stadium, the sound can linger in the air.

Azarenka’s friend, American rapper Redfoo, who has produced multiple hit singles, has recognized some musical potential in the shriek. He recorded it and has mixed the sound into a new song due to be released soon, she said on Monday.

“It’s my grunt. It’s not my vocals,” Azarenka said, clarifying that she was not recorded singing. “I don’t take high-key or low-key there. It’s just natural.”

Center court got a 57-minute Azarenka concert on Monday as she beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round and continued her confident run toward the defense of her title. Going into the quarter-finals, Azarenka has dropped only one set.

Known for his wild hair and even wilder music, Redfoo has been seen cheering from the players’ box and signing autographs during most of her matches.

Azarenka was quoted as telling Australian media that Redfoo, the LMFAO frontman whose real name is Stefan Kendal Gordy (he is the son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy), had to fly off to a gig in Malaysia, but plans to come back later in the week.

As an insider to the music world, Azarenka gets to listen to tunes the public has not heard yet — like a remix by Redfoo’s friend GoonRock that she called Sweet Baby and says is “really good.”

Sweet Baby was piping into Azarenka’s ears as she walked onto center court on Monday, as she often does soaking in some last-minute musical inspiration before turning to tennis.

“If it’s bad music, it’s going to be a bad match,” she said. “So I really choose it very carefully.”

Music is a “very important” part of her pre-match preparation, Azarenka told a post-match press conference.

“[It helps] focus, pump you up, get your feet a little bit moving, kind of get excited,” she said. “I kind of get in the zone. It just makes me feel good inside. When I feel good inside, I love to go out there and do the best job as I can.”

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