Japan's Date-Krumm racks up another age mark
Date published :
17 Jan 2013 - 07:16:48
Age-defying Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm racked up another record Thursday by becoming the oldest player to make a Grand Slam third round since Renee Richards in 1979.
The 42-year-old defeated Israel's Shahar Peer 6-2, 7-5 with only Richards, aged 45, getting as far at such at an age. If Date-Krumm wins her next match she will be the oldest ever to make the fourth round of a major tournament.
The new mark comes after the ageless Japanese became the oldest woman to win a main draw match at the Australian Open in her opening round clash against 12th seed Nadia Pedrova.
Date-Krumm, who has attributed her longevity to leading a simple life, said she gets a lot of support from fellow players.
"Everybody says to me, 'You are crazy'. First word is always, 'You are crazy'. But they support me a lot," she said, adding that tennis had changed dramatically since her heyday in the 1990s, when she was ranked four in the world.
"In the last 10 years it's more powerful, more speedy," she said. "Every time when I go to the gym, everybody is there, even before the match, after the match, everybody there. They're doing so much exercise.
"That's why women's tennis is changing compared to 10 years ago, 20 years ago. It's more powerful.
"Before, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, they had much more technique. But now it's more speedy and more powerful."
Date-Krumm next plays either 17th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova or Serb Bojana Jovanovski.