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2009-09-26 19:49:43

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...

2009-09-25 08:55:57

Kimiko Date Krumm, who took 12 years off from competitive tennis, Friday knocked top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova out of the Korea Open in Seoul. Krumm, who turns 39 on Monday, turned pro in 1989 and retired in 1996. But she returned to tournament play in 2008 and on Friday posted one of the biggest wins of her comeback with a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 quarterfinal defeat of Hantuchova, No. 21 in the world. It was Krumm's second consecutive day of playing a match about 2 1/2 hours long, a toll that...

2009-09-24 08:09:17

No. 1-seed Daniela Hantuchova sailed through a straight-set win Thursday and into the quarterfinals of the Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul. Hantuchova needed just 77 minutes to dispatch Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1. She won 74 percent of the points on serve and more than half of those when Scheepers served. Hantuchova moves into Friday's quarterfinals and a match against Kimiko Date Krumm, who took a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova. Krumm's match took nearly...

2009-09-23 11:14:15

Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova needed a third set Wednesday but was able to advance to the second round of the $220,000 Seoul Open. Hantuchova had Ayumi Morita on the defensive much of the match, except for the second set, before finishing off a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 first-round win. She had seven service breaks but only one in the second set when Morita evened the match. The third set was dominated by Hantuchova, who lost just seven points on serve in earning a second-round match with Chanelle...

2009-09-22 09:00:10

Fourth-seeded Sorana Cirstea lost a tight three-set match, the lone upset on a 14-match, first-round card Tuesday at the Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul. Cirstea fell 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3 to Anna-Lena Groenefeld in a match that took 2 hours, 19 minutes. Groenefeld won just three more points than Cirstea (105-102) in the match but piled up eight service breaks, including three in the third set. No. 2-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues had no trouble in beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-4 and...

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