Now that she's 42, Kimiko Date-Krumm is older than some of her opponent's parents.
Her memory is starting to get fuzzy, too. She can't remember whom she played when she last won a match at the Australian Open - but she remembers it was way back in 1996.
On Tuesday, the Japanese veteran became the oldest woman to win a singles match at Melbourne Park when she beat No. 12 Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.
After the match, she fielded a variety of questions about her secret to longevity in a sport filled with women half her age.
''Some players' mothers are younger than me,'' she laughed. ''So it's like (they're) my daughter.''
Her advice to keeping fit: ''I sleep a lot. I eat healthy foods. I drink a lot,'' she said. Bedtime is usually before 10. ''It's a simple life, that's it. Nothing special.''
The mindset that comes with her advanced age has helped her, she said, as did a long period of absence from the sport.
Date-Krumm, who is married to German race car driver Mic...