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,'' she said after beating 16-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia in the second round 6-1, 6-4. ''I still want to try to feel young out here. But, you know, it's the way of life, I guess - 22, it's old in the tennis world soon.''
Just not yet. The next generation of female players have made a statement at the Australian Open, but there's no expectation they're ready to hoist a Grand Slam trophy like Martina Hingis and Monica Seles did at 16 and Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova did at 17.
Of the 11 teens in the second round, only three progressed - 17-year-old American ...