The Daily Spin

Ova's take over

Saturday, February 09, 2013 /by

Turns out that it is, as suspects, it's the Ovas' world, and the rest of us are just invited. From Anna Kournikova to Maria Sharapova—and before and after—stars and also-rans alike with that "-ova" ending on their surnames have populated the WTA ranks. And now they're starting to pick off other non-"ova" players from the herd and calling them their own, as evidenced by this mobile upload that Australian pro Casey Dellacqua shared on Instagram.  So reads the program(me) for her home country's impending Fed Cup bout with the 2012 champion Czechs: Casey Dellacquaova.

This is because, as suspected, "Czech journalists often expand utilization of this nation specific grammar feature onto foreigners," per Yahoo! Answers. Thus, by its own example, the name would read Hillary Clintonova. It's much the same for Russians, as evidenced by Sharapova's name deriving—yes, deriving—from father Yuri Sharapov's own. Apparently, in the distant past, this indicated possession, those -ova endings on names. (The more you know...)

BONUS: To see who, aside from Dellacqua, is tops among tennis-player Instagrammers, check this out.

Bon weekend, readers!

 

—Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9)

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