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Kworb
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:26 PM
Li Na this, Li Na that. Why not just her surname like they do with everyone else? :confused:

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Because it`s so short and because they aren`t sure which is her first and which her last name.;)

ce
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:27 PM
coz they dont know what her surname is :tape:

Slammer7
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Li Na this, Li Na that. Why not just her surname like they do with everyone else? :confused:

They probably can't tell which is her first name and which is her last and it's easier for them to say both. :shrug:

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:32 PM
Anyway - I`m not sure, too. Can someone tell me?

Albireo
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:33 PM
That's actually fairly standard for American journalists in general, and has been that way for a long time.

sipnsurfMurph
Sep 4th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Only two syllables.

drake3781
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:01 PM
It is proper to say both, for Chinese names. But I do agree they just find it easier and less confusing to say both. ;)

joão.
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Because most surnames are longer? :confused:

Mynarco
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:05 PM
Too short.

Steadyniacki
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:13 PM
her last name is li right

Mynarco
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:16 PM
^Yes.

LeonHart
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:17 PM
It's short, unlike some of the Eastern European girls :lol:

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

alwayshingis
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:22 PM
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.

njnetswill
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:24 PM
Just compare "Li Na" to "Lina Krasnoroutskaya" :lol:

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:24 PM
Do you really expect them to say Yaroslava Shevdova every time she hits a winner?
Hopefully not. But they could try with Yaroslava Shvedova.;) Correct accents would be too much for them, I guess.:lol:

Tanja8
Sep 4th, 2009, 10:25 PM
Just compare "Li Na" to "Lina Krasnoroutskaya" :lol:
:haha:

Inktrailer
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:01 PM
Has to be confusion mainly. My name only has two syllables but if I were on the tour, they'd only use my last name.

Jose-Luis
Sep 4th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Just compare "Li Na" to "Lina Krasnoroutskaya" :lol:

OFMG :rolls::rolls:

Ellery
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:22 AM
Thankfully Na has never played Stanciute :lol:

Patrick345
Sep 5th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Itīs not Na Li, itīs "Nah, Li just made another dumb unforced error". :tape: