Kimiko Date-Krumm is as amazed as everyone else that she's still playing Grand Slam tennis at 42.
''It's a miracle,'' she said.
After a week of setting age-related records and becoming the media darling of this year's Australian Open, the Japanese player bid farewell to the big stage for now after losing her third-round singles match on Saturday.
''It was a great tournament for me,'' Date-Krumm said after losing 6-2, 7-6 (3) to 21-year-old Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.
In a sport dominated with women half her age, it was a great tournament for Date-Krumm.
This was her 43rd time playing a Grand Slam tournament - and she was the oldest woman in the draw by about a decade. The only other player who came close was 33-year-old Greta Arn of Hungary who lost quickly in the first round.
Date-Krumm is ranked 100th but defied the ranking system. She created a stir by beating No. 12-seeded Nadia Petrova - who is 30 - 6-2, 6-0 in the first round an...