Wednesday January 16, 2013
Simple life helps Date-Krumm break age record
MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE (Jan 14-27)
AGELESS Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm yesterday became the oldest woman to win a main draw match at the Open, and she attributed her longevity to living a simple life.
In doing so, she surpassed Britain’s Virginia Wade as the oldest main draw winner. Wimbledon champion Wade won in 1985 when 40 years, 138 days.
Date-Krumm, a former world No.4, still has some way to go to become the oldest winner at a Grand Slam. That record is held by Martina Navratilova, who was 47 when she won a match at Wimbledon in 2004.
But the Japanese star, ranked No. 100 now, has no plans to call it quits just yet.
Date-Krumm said simple living was the key to staying on top of her game when others players of her era have long faded away.
“I just eat a lot, I sleep a lot. Last night I was in bed before 10pm, I finished dinner at 7.30pm. Sleep before 10pm like the kids,” she said.
“Because always after the match or after practice I’m tired, so I need time to recover a lot. So I sleep a lot, I eat healthy foods, I drink a lot. It’s simple life. That’s it. Nothing special.” — AFP