Friday January 18, 2013
Date-Krumm sets another record
AGE-defying Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm racked up another record yesterday 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.
“Everybody says to me, ‘You are crazy’. First word is always, ‘You are crazy’. But they support me a lot,” she said. – AFP