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Japan's Date-Krumm turns the clock back - again

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - When Kimiko Date-Krumm first retired from tennis in 1996, her first-round opponent at this year's Wimbledon was one year old. On Tuesday, the diminutive Japanese player made light of the longevity statistics, sailing through to the next round by beating Germany's Carina Witthoeft 6-0 6-2. "I have a lot of passion. I like challenge because it is not easy for my age," said the 42-year-old who took a 12-year break from the sport but missed it too much and just had to come back.

Tennis: Kimiko takes express route into second round

Kimiko Date-Krumm rolled back the years as the Japanese veteran thrashed German teenager Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-2 in the Wimbledon first round on Tuesday. At 42, Date-Krumm is the oldest player competing in the main draw at the All England Club, but age trumped youth on Court 14 as she crushed Witthoeft, an 18-year-old qualifier, in just 44 minutes, hitting 17 winners to her opponent's two. She next plays Austrian 28th seed Tamira Paszek or Romania's Alexandra Cadantu as she seeks to emulate her run to the third round of the Australian Open in January.

Tennis: Chinese tea fan Kimiko tells Japan's flops to buck up

Kimiko Date-Krumm has launched a stinging attack on the under-achieving youngsters contributing to plummeting standards in Japanese tennis. At 42, Date-Krumm is the oldest woman competing in the main draw at Wimbledon, but age trumped youth on Tuesday as the Japanese veteran crushed Carina Witthoeft, an 18-year-old German qualifier, 6-0, 6-2 in just 44 minutes. She next plays Austrian 28th seed Tamira Paszek or Romania's Alexandra Cadantu as she seeks to emulate her run to the third round of the Australian Open in January

Tennis: Hubby tells Date-Krumm to see funny side

Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm says her husband has helped her to take things less seriously and go out and enjoy the twilight of her career. Date-Krumm became the third oldest woman to compete in the French Open when she went down in straight sets to Australian ninth seed Samantha Stosur on Tuesday -- yet she still revelled in the experience -- even if she only captured two games in a 6-0, 6-2 drubbing.

Veteran Date-Krumm finds comfort in defeat

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - When she won her first of only two games against Sam Stosur, the 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm raised her arms in celebration -- she was happier than when she was a grand slam contender. "I have still passion, and when I was young in the 1990's I was not enjoying the tour," the Japanese told reporters after being humbled 6-0 6-2 by the Australian ninth seed in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.

Spain's Fed Cup team set for playoff against Japan

Madrid, Apr 10 (EFE).- Spain's Federation Cup team is set for the April 20-21 World Group playoff against Japan in Barcelona, team captain Conchita Martinez said Wednesday. Carla Suarez is back and will be joined by Lourdes Dominguez, Silvia Soler and Lara Arruabarrena, who is making her Fed Cup debut, Martinez said. The playoff will take place at Barcelona's Polo Club. Suarez, the top-ranked Spanish player, will be back after missing the previous two rounds.

UPDATE 8-Tennis-Indian Wells women's singles round 1 results

March 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Indian Wells Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Thursday Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Melanie Oudin (U.S.) 6-4 4-6 6-3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 2-6 7-5 6-3 Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) beat Petra Martic (Croatia) 4-6 6-4 6-3 Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Romina Oprandi (Switzerland) 7-6(4) 6-0 Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania) beat Michelle Larcher de Brito (Portugal) 6-4 6-4 Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon (France) 6-3 3-6 6-

UPDATE 5-Tennis-Indian Wells women's singles round 1 results

March 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Indian Wells Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Thursday Urszula Radwanska (Poland) beat Arantxa Rus (Netherlands) 6-3 6-3 Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden) beat Laura Robson (Britain) 2-6 7-6(2) 6-1 Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 6-4 3-6 6-4 Taylor Townsend (U.S.) beat Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 3-6 7-6(1) 6-3 Irina Begu (Romania) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-2 6-4 Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-0 6-0

UPDATE 2-Tennis-Fed Cup world group quarterfinal Russia v Japan latest

Feb 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest from the Fed Cup World Group Quarterfinal match between Russia and Japan on Sunday 4-Russia beat Japan 3-2 On Saturday Ayumi Morita (Japan) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2 6-2 Maria Kirilenko (Russia) beat Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) 7-6(3) 6-4(0) On Sunday Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Misaki Doi/Ayumi Morita (Japan) 6-2 6-2 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) 6-1 6-1 Ayumi Morita (Japan) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-4 6-1

Tennis: Morita brings Japan level with Russia in Fed Cup

Ayumi Morita drew Japan level 1-1 against Russia in their Fed Cup World Group first round match here on Saturday as she dismantled Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided tie. Earlier in the day, Maria Kirilenko had put the home team in front with a tough 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win over 42-year-old veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm. "Katya (Makarova) is a very strong player, who is in the world's top 20, and I needed to perform my best tennis against her to win," said Morita.
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