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Kimiko Date-Krumm continues to defy the “unwritten” age restrictions and inspire us all.
Age restrictions on the WTA Tour have wrested dominance from the prepubescent prodigies of old. Week-to-week, players of all ages continue making their mark, all products of their generation. The young guns are fiery, full of determination. Those in their mid-twenties are methodical, but looking for a breakthrough or an escape after nearly a decade at the proverbial grind.
Then there is Kimiko Date-Krumm.
The more we see of the ageless wonder, the surer we are of how she spent those 12 years away from the game. She didn’t spend it marrying German racecar driver Michael Krumm. She wasn’t staying in peak physical condition and running marathons. She certainly couldn’t have been playing tennis, save for an aborted comeback attempt in 2002.
No, it is all clear now. Kimiko spent that decade (or longer) in a time capsule.
After all, how else did she leave the game in the mid-90s only to reemerge in 20...
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Kimiko Date-Krumm is still winning in the Grand Slam arena at age 42, much to the dismay of her former peers.
Asked what her 1990s-era rivals such as Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini say when they see her, Date-Krumm said: ''Everybody say to me, `You are crazy.' First word is always, `You are crazy.''
Date-Krumm advanced to the third round of the Australian...
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...
At 42, Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest woman in the Australian Open draw and she has little in common with her competitors, aside from tennis. On the courts around her on Thursday were rivals less than half her age and some not yet out of high school.
Eleven teenagers advanced to the second round this year, compared with three in 2012. So many teenagers are rising through the rankings...
Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest woman in the Australian Open draw at 42, with some competitors less than half her age still in high school.
Eleven teenagers advanced to the second round, compared with three in 2012. So many teenagers are moving up in the rankings that former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki feels like a veteran at 22.
''There are still a few older ones than me...
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(January 15, 2013) A look at some the questions and answers from day one of the 2013 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
Q. I think you set a record today. ( At 42, Date-Krumm became the oldest player to win a match at the Australian Open)
KIMIKO DATE‑KRUMM: Of course not. You know, it’s many times I play...