A Date with destiny
Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm won her first WTA Tour title in 13 years with a 6-3 6-3 win over Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Korea Open on Sunday.sports Updated: Sep 27, 2009 22:53 IST
Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm won her first WTA Tour title in 13 years with a 6-3 6-3 win over Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues at the Korea Open on Sunday.
A day shy of her 39th birthday, the former world number four completed her remarkable run in Seoul with an easy victory over the second seed to claim her eighth WTA singles title.
Date Krumm, whose last win before Seoul came when the Spice Girls topped the charts and Bill Clinton was still US president, returned to professional tennis in April last year after a 12-year hiatus.
“I’m extremely happy,” Date Krumm told reporters. “I am about to turn 39 so there was no big pressure on me at all. I honestly don’t know where I get the energy from at my age.”
Date Krumm reached a career-high ranking of fourth in 1995 but abruptly quit the following year after making the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the last eight of the Atlanta Olympics.
Her last WTA Tour victory before the 12-year break from the game came in August 1996 when she beat Spain’s Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in San Diego.