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Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Li Na this, Li Na that. Why not just her surname like they do with everyone else?

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Because it`s so short and because they aren`t sure which is her first and which her last name.

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

coz they dont know what her surname is

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

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Li Na this, Li Na that. Why not just her surname like they do with everyone else?
They probably can't tell which is her first name and which is her last and it's easier for them to say both.

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Anyway - I`m not sure, too. Can someone tell me?

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

That's actually fairly standard for American journalists in general, and has been that way for a long time.

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Only two syllables.
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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

It is proper to say both, for Chinese names. But I do agree they just find it easier and less confusing to say both.
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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Because most surnames are longer?
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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Too short.

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her last name is li right

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

^Yes.

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

It's short, unlike some of the Eastern European girls

Do you really expect them to say Yaroslava Shevdova every time she hits a winner?

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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

I don't think it is because of surname confusion, as they don't do it with the other Chinese girls. Although that may just be because they are so uncertain of how to pronounce Zheng Jie.

It's because it's short and also because it is fun to say.
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Re: Why do commentators always say Li's full name?

Just compare "Li Na" to "Lina Krasnoroutskaya"
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