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Tennis: Japanese veteran Date-Krumm schools Robson

Japanese forty-something Kimiko Date-Krumm sent young British hope Laura Robson crashing out of the Japan Women's Open in another triumph for her evergreen career on Tuesday. Date-Krumm, playing just days after her 43rd birthday, won 6-4, 6-4 against the 19-year-old seventh seed, her second notable scalp of recent weeks after she beat Maria Kirilenko in Seoul. The seemingly ageless Japanese reached the third round at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year as she continues to defy the march of time.

Tennis: Serena stumbles through to last eight in China

Serena Williams edged her way into the quarter-finals of the China Open Thursday, claiming victory over Maria Kirilenko in two unconvincing sets, with the scores finishing 7-5, 7-5. The American world number one was forced to summon extra strength at the end of each set as her Russian opponent became increasingly aggressive. Kirilenko was poised to claim the first set, being 40-0 ahead with the score at 5-4 in her favour, but after missing three set points, Williams stepped up a gear to overturn the scoreline.

Tennis: Djokovic, Serena through to quarters in China

Novak Djokovic remained on course to reclaim his China Open title as he progressed to the quarter-finals Thursday, while women's top seed Serena Williams also edged into the last eight. The top seeded Serb needed three sets to defeat Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, while Williams claimed victory over Maria Kirilenko in two unconvincing sets, with the scores finishing 7-5, 7-5.

Tennis: Radwanska powers through first round of Korea Open

Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed through her first round match in the Seoul WTA tournament here Tuesday, brushing aside Romania's Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets. The 2012 Wimbledon finalist and world number four started off tentatively in the first set, but soon found her stride and finally overpowered Cadantu 6-4, 6-0. Russian second seed Maria Kirilenko also made short work of her first round opponent, Chan Chin-Wei of Taiwan, with a brisk 6-3, 6-3 victory.

World No. 4 Radwanska headlines field at WTA Korea Open tennis tourney

SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska will headline the field at the upcoming KDB Korea Open tennis tournament, the only WTA Tour stop in South Korea each year. This year's event will open Saturday with the qualifying rounds. The final is scheduled for Sept. 22. All matches will be played at Olympic Park Tennis Court in Seoul. Radwanska, a 24-year-old from Poland, is the highest-ranked player at this year's Korea Open, which offers a total purse of US$500,000. This will be her first appearance in South Korea.

Britain's Robson stuns Kirilenko to keep home flag flying

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Laura Robson kept the home flag flying in the women's singles when she upset Russia's number 10 seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4 in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The unseeded Robson, 19, moved comfortably through the first set and led 4-1 in the second before Kirilenko got a break back as she tried to stage a recovery against the world number 38.

Tennis: No doubles pals act for Azarenka, Kirilenko

Third seed Victoria Azarenka reached the French Open quarter-finals for the third time on Monday with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone. The double Australian Open champion will now face Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko for a semi-final place. The protagonists know each other well, not least as erstwhile doubles partners -- they were notably runners-up at the 2011 Australian Open while Azarenka saw off Kirilenko in the London Olympics bronze medal match last summer.

Tennis: Azarenka into third French Open quarter-final

Third seed Victoria Azarenka reached the French Open quarter-finals for the third time on Monday with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone. The Australian Open champion will face either unseeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States or Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko for a semi-final place. Schiavone, the world number 50, matched the 23-year-old Azarenka shot for shot and scream for scream in a first set which featured six breaks of serve.

Tennis: Azarenka into French Open quarter-finals

Third seed Victoria Azarenka reached the French Open quarter-finals for the third time on Monday with a 6-3, 6-0 win over 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone. The Australian Open champion will face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States or Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko for a semi-final place. Schiavone, the world number 50, matched the 23-year-old Azarenka shot for shot and scream for scream in a first set which featured six breaks of serve.

Tennis: Phone rings hot as Aussie teen Barty moves on in Paris

Australian teen Ashleigh Barty, at 17 the second-youngest player in the draw behind 16-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic, reached the second round of the French Open on Wednesday with an impressive 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 win over Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. The teen from Ipswich, Queensland, secured her maiden Grand Slam main draw success with a win in 1hr 54min and moved on to a meeting with Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko. All that was missing were her parents -- but they were soon on the phone looking to pass on congratulations.
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