Posted January 12, 2014 on AP on Fox
Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest singles player at the Australian Open, lost in the first round to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The 43-year-old Japanese veteran started with a 3-0 lead but lost momentum as the 187th-ranked Bencic rallied back with a break and won the last four games of the first set. Date-Krumm battled back in the next set, prompting her 16-year-old opponent to bounce her racket in frustration after one flubbed point. Bencic took control in the third, as Date-Krumm wilted with temperatures rising. Playing her first Australian Open main draw, Bencic won two junior Grand Slam titles last year at the French Open and Wimbledon. This was Date-Krumm's 48th time playing a Grand Slam tournament. She was the oldest woman in the draw by a decade.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Date-Krumm loses to teenager at Australian Open

Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest singles player at the Australian Open, lost in the first round to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The 43-year-old Japanese veteran started with a 3-0 lead but lost momentum as the 187th-ranked Bencic rallied back with a break and won the last four games of the first set. Date-Krumm battled back in the next set, prompting her 16-year-old...

Date-Krumm sees top 10 potential in Belinda Bencic

Kimiko Date-Krumm ©Tennis Panorama By Alana Mitchelson (January 13, 2014) MELBOURNE, Australia – In her Grand Slam debut at the WTA level, 16-year-old Junior Grand Slam Champion Belinda Bencic has defeated 44-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, 6-4 4-6 6-3, to progress into round two of the Australian Open 2014.   Having reached the second round of Tokyo and Osaka, the teenager has proven...
Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.