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Amazing run of Japanese at French Open ends

Amazing run of Japanese at French Open ends

What wouldn't you do for love?
Michael Krumm drove all the way from the Czech Republic to Paris to watch his wife, Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, beat former top-ranked Dinara Safina in the first round of the French Open despite a calf injury.
But the German racing driver could follow the second-round match on Thursday only by live score on the Internet in Monaco, and Date Krumm lost to Jarmila Groth of Australia 6-0, 6-3.
"Before the match I spoke with my husband," Date Krumm said. "He said, 'Don't take so much risks and don't get (an) injury again.'
"But he knows my character, so he didn't say, 'Please, retire.'"
They married in 2001 and Michael was the one who encouraged her to make a comeback two years ago after she retired in 1996 and became a TV commentator.
Date Krumm became at 38 the second oldest player in the Open era after Billie Jean King to win a tournament on the main tour by clinching her eighth singles title in Seoul last year.
And by defeating Safina on Tuesday, she became the second oldest woman since Virginia Wade in 1985 to reach the second round at Roland Garros.
Date Krumm, who will turn 40 this year, said the women's game has evolved greatly since her peak.
"I think women's tennis is more powerful now and more speedy compared to the '90s," Date Krumm said. "At some point before, they had more technique, I think. For example, Steffi (Graf) can hit backhand slice, but now not so many people can hit backhand slice or a little bit only. Now women's tennis is only power."


Updated : 2021-03-04 18:27 GMT+08:00