Monday, July 30, 2007

Anna Chakvetadze Beats Everyone

Kommersant celebrates Anna Chakvetadze's second tournament win in as many weeks, placing her as 6th ranked in the world of women's tennis.
After winning in Cincinnati last week, Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze did the same in Stanford. However, her way to the final was quite difficult. She had to play 3-set matches, and was rather tired by the final. Yet, she defeated India's Sania Mirza 6-3 6-2, winning her first Stanford classic title on Sunday.

Chakvetadze won the sixth title in her career, which is her fourth title this year. The victory in Stanford made Anna WTA’s sixth-ranked, which is the highest rating point in her career.
For some reason, I get a warm, satisfied feeling deep in my heart every time another Russian woman tennis player wins a tournament these days. Actually, should I even point out that her surname is Georgian?

Hats off to young Anna and wishing her many future victories to come.


Michael Averko said...

There's a certain imbecile who didn't initially pick up on her Georgian last name.

BTW, she could've that name while being only 1/4 or less Georgian. I understand that the now retired from active figure skating Anton Sikhadlizde (parson any misspell of his last name) is a half Russian.

There're plenty of people of mixed backgrounds in Russia. Many of them proudly identify themselves as Russian. Proof positive of a relatively successful country when it comes to accepting different cultures.

W. Shedd said...

Yes, that was basically my point in the passing reference. You never see any Russian newspapers referring to her as Georgian at all.

Sometimes calling attention to such details is self-defeating, but I thought a passing comment was sufficient.

Michael Averko said...

I've come across my share of Russians who believe that America is a more ethnically polarized nation than their own.

With media, academia and mass body politic playing a role, there's a large scale ignorance on such matter.

Like some of the ignorant stereotypes about people of political White Russian origin, bandied about by supposedly knowledgeable folks.

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