September 26, 2009

Krumm a surprise finalist at Seoul

Aging Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan advanced Saturday to the final at the Korea Open tennis tournament at Seoul.

Krumm, who turns 39 Monday, rallied to overcome former top-10 player and defending champion Maria Kirilenko of Russia 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the day's first semifinal, continuing her comeback.

Second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain won the other semi 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

It took some time to adjust to her game, Krumm said. Maria doesn't overpower you but she hits a very heavy ball.

If Krumm wins Sunday's final against Medina Garrigues, she would be the second-oldest player ever to win a women's tournament, behind Billie Jean King.

I'm very excited, Medina Garrigues said. I haven't been playing well for the last month and a half.

Medina Garrigues won the Moroccan Grand Prix in May.