Monday, July 9, 2007

Kuznetsova out, Kudryavtseva in

I learned a few days ago that Svetlana Kuznetsova had hurt her shoulder and would not be playing in the Fed cup semifinal against the U.S. this coming weekend, but I wanted to wait until I knew who her replacement was before I said anything. Now I know--it is Alla Kudryavtseva, the player who gave Venus Williams so much trouble in the first round of Wimbledon.


ken said...

Something to add to your "why can't they pronounce players' names right" file: during Wimbledon I heard a commentator--I forget which one; definitely male; definitely on ESPN; pronounce Kudryavtseva very close--if not the same way--as if it were Kuznetsova. Here's hoping the Fed Cup will bring enough awareness of Kudryavtseva to get people to at least attempt a correct pronunciation rather than assuming it is just like another Russian's.

Diane said...

I heard that, too. ESPN's commentators are, for the most part, too lazy, I think, to be bothered with such niceties as pronouncing people's names correctly. I often think they are not that bright, either.