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In Russian, the women have an "a" added to their last name.
Hence: Krasnoroutskaya, Kournikova, Dementieva, Petrova, etc.

The men DO NOT have an "a" at the end.
Hence: Kafelnikov (if he had a sister, her surname would be Kafelnkova)

Thats why her last name is Safina, and Marats is not.

Its just thier custom.
 

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thanks for the information. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 
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yep you got it Becca <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

but not all names just get an A added on

take for example

Lina Krasnoroutskaya ......

her dad and little bro are Krasnoroutski

Suk/Sukova are Czech and they use Ova at end of the girls names , Daja Bedanova's dad , Jan Bedan.
 
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