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Kimiko Date Krumm, who is on a pro tour comeback, won the Korea Open Sunday on the day before her 39th birthday, defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues. Date Krumm's winning score was 6-3, 6-3. The Japanese player, who won seven WTA titles in the 1990s and then retired, returned to the tour last year. Date Krumm, who turnd 39 Monday, became the second-oldest woman in the modern era to win a WTA singles event.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - Winning Wimbledon this year showed Venus Williams could still mix it with the big guns but she warned her rivals on Monday she had not hit top gear.
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