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At a seasoned age of 40, life appears to be beginning for Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm. In 2009, she won her first WTA title in more than 13 years which made her second-oldest player in the Open era, after Billie Jean King to win a singles title on the WTA tour.
In 2010, she made the final of the HP Open, beating current World No.5 Samantha Stosur before succumbing to Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn. Astonishingly, the final in Osaka had the oldest combined age of WTA tournament finalists at 73.
The former World No.4 had some remarkable results in her first career on the WTA Tour, reaching at least the quarter finals of every Grand Slam event and scoring notable wins against Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce.
Her comeback in April 2008 left critics questioning whether she could match it with the world’s best. Surprisingly, it has turned out that she is as fit as ever and still has a lot of variety on her shots and placement, prompting former World No.1 Maria Sharapova to say after her loss to Krumm, “she has stayed in such great shape and is incredibly fit.”