Posted January 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Toray-pan-pacific-open-day
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 Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Shahar Peer. Graf, who beat Date-Krumm in the 1994 Australian Open semifinals before going on to win the title, is now married to four-time Australian Open champion Andre Agassi and has two children. ''Of course, she say to me, `You should stop now and make the baby,''' Date-Krumm said of the advice she gets from the 43-year-old former German ace. Date-Krumm doesn't plan to stop anytime soon. At 42 years, 111 days, she is the second-oldest woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam after Renee Richards, who was 45 years, 8 days old whe...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Kimiko Date-Krumm: The Finest Wine in Tennis

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...

Notes and Quotes From Down Under – Day Two

Kimiko Date-Krumm ©Tennis Panorama (January 15, 2013) A look at some the questions and answers from day one of the 2013 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Kimiko Date-Krumm 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...

Teens make statement in Australian Open

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...

Teenagers make statement at Australian Open

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...
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.