I sometimes struggle with a few of the Eastern European names that have some consonants together which we never see in English. Those like "Kv" and "Hl" in the Czech names "Kvitova" and "Hlavackova". I can say these of course, but they're probably the "trickiest" ones for me.
Originally Posted by Natural Joe
Can someone explain to me why so many people tend to pronounce Petra's name like "Ki-vi-to-va"?
Because we don't have that Kv sound in English.
So most people need to put a vowel sound in between them to be able pronounce it. Really it's not so hard if you practice it a few times. Just put your lips in a V position while saying K.