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Pronunciation of players' names - updated

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Since I could afford to visit the board a bit these days, I was reminded that my tables on how to pronounce female players' names dearly needed an update!

That is done now, and you are welcome to check the versions for <br /><a href="" target="_blank">English</a> and for <a href="" target="_blank">French</a> speakers.

Hopefully there aren't too many gross mistakes. Please let me know if you find any <img src="redface.gif" border="0">

I am also thinking of adding more players from the past, for instance Grand Slam winners in the last 20 years or so.

(The updates for male players are listed on my computer but not uploaded as yet.)
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Hey, GMT. Long time, no see.

BTW, I noticed at the WTA site, they now have a pronounciation guide for Chanda's first name. Were a lot of people screwing it up? (Other than Gimelstob's "Chawn-da"?)
I would really like to see a Spanish guide... I know I misspronounce quite a few. You wouldn't happen speak Spanish, would you gmt? <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Hey Brian! I suppose that quite a few people pronounce it "Chandra" <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

¿Gallofa, como estas? I'll try to make one just for you, only you'll have to help me for the text and for the sounds that do not exist in Spanish

Josh, you mean that you like the sound of Rita's name with a French accent? Of course it somewhat spoils the myth of the "cutie kiss", but I can't help it, I'm afraid <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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All right, I have added the winners of all Grand Slam tournaments since 1951 (female singles only), the GS finalists since 1981, as well as Olympic medalists <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Very nice page! Luv it <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Now we can truly say that gmt is back!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

<FONT SIZE=1>Now you can say that I am back <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> </FONT>
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HURRAY!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> Wonderful news! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Obrigado Caio Braz & thanks DavenFan! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

And hi Justinatortje! <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />

The URL in my signature leads to the currently available tables:<br />- not too inaccurate versions in English, French, and for female players only, German and Spanish (the comments for the latter should be translated before long <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> ),<br />- frankly simplistic versions in Croatian and Italian (for female players only).

<FONT SIZE=1>My gratitude goes to a certain Vöglein who translated the explanatory notes in German, but does not want to be mentioned <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> </FONT>
Dutch and German names are kind of difficult to pronounce. Working on it though.
<CENTER><br /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> yes, yes, yes! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br />!and Ja and Si!</CENTER><br />Thanks to two of the most wonderful young ladies around, the pronunciation tables for German and Spanish speakers are finally online and with translated explanations <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

As for Croatian and Italian posters, they are very welcome to visit the simplified tables - that is, if either they want a good laugh or are really not very gifted for foreign languages <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
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