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Wow! Kimiko Date Krumm made the final step in her comeback by securing her first WTA title in 13 years when she defeated 2nd seed Anabel Medina-Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Hansol Korea Open. Date Krumm, who had been unsuccessful in playing in a main draw of WTA events all year, capped off a successful week where she secured her first main draw win since her comeback against Korean wildcard Ye-Ra Lee, and continued the run defeating #30 Alisa Kleybanova, #21 Daniela Hantuchova, #54 Maria Kirilenko, and #23 Anabel Medina-Garrigues. Medina-Garrigues had defeated Date Krumm in the opening round in China last week.
Date Krumm turns 39 tomorrow, and has proven that she is still as fit and ready to compete as she was when she reached world #4 in the early 90s. I always thought when she retired at 26 in 1996 that she did it before her peak, and she’s shown that the 12 years off she has had, has done wonders for her.
She’ll need to show just how fit she is, as there is no rest for the player who has just become the 2nd oldest player to ever win a WTA tour title. She’ll battle Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in the 1st round of the Toray Pan Pacific on Monday. Wozniak defeated Date Krumm 6-1, 6-1 in the final round of qualifying of this event last year.
In a sad juxtaposition, Date Krumm’s compatriot Ai Sugiyama had her retirement ceremony on the same day as her victory. Sugiyama a former top 10 player herself (and formally #1 in the world in doubles) has announced that the Toray Pan Pacific will be her last tournament of her career. Since Date Krumm’s retirement Sugiyama has been the top player in Japan and she’ll be sorely missed on tour.
Soon to be 39 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm has continued her impressive run at the Hansol Korean Open by getting all the way to the final round after defeating defending champion Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals on Saturday. Date-Krumm coming off a rough opening set came through with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, her third straight three setter in this event.
Yesterday she outdid her win over Kleybanova by knocking out the tournament’s top seed Daniela Hantuchova to get into the match with Kirilenko. Kimiko was the last player on the entry list, and she entered as an MDO (main draw only, meaning if her ranking was not high enough to enter the main draw she would not be entered into qualifying). The right number of withdrawls happened earning her a spot here, and now a trip to the finals.
She will meet the winner of the other semifinal featuring, big hitting German Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Spaniard Anabel Medina-Garrigues. Anabel defeated Kimiko in the opening round last week, in three sets.
After what felt like countless three set losses to top-30 players, Kimiko Date-Krumm finally came full circle today, upsetting 5th seed and 30th ranked Alisa Kleybanova in the 2nd round of the Hansol Korean Open earlier Thursday. Kimiko had to fight off a match point in the second set to Kleybanova at 5-3, to overcome the big babe Russian, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to her first tour quarterfinal in nearly 13 years.
Date-Krumm had won her first WTA main draw match since her comeback began last year, when she beat Korean wildcard Ye-Ra Lee in the opening round 6-3, 6-4. Lee, a former top 200 player who rarely plays outside of Korea, had been battling injury problems this year, and has dropped outside the top 500.
None the less Date-Krumm has a lot to be proud of. She has suffered some heartbreaking three set losses this year to Kaia Kanepi, Sabine Lisicki, Caroline Wozniacki, and to Anabel Medina-Garrigues last week.
It’s going to bet only tougher in the next round as she takes on top seeded Daniela Hantuchova who dispatched Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 today.
I had a feeling Date-Krumm might tough it out against Kleybanova, a huge hitter, with her slower shots, and super flat game. Alisa is a tall girl, and getting down to her low balls is not her strength. Her blowing another lead is certainly troubling for a player who has gone downhill since her SF loss to Sharapova (where she lead midway through the 3rd set).