Francesca Schiavone recently joked, after playing Kimiki Date Krumm, that the they had played the senior tour because--between them--they were 70 years old. Date Krumm and Tammy Tanasugarn took the math a step farther today in Osaka: Between them, they are 73, and they will play in tomorrow's HP Open final.
To get to the final, Tanasugarn upset 2nd seed Marion Bartoli 6-2, 7-5. The Thai veteran's serve was working well for her, and she was able to get the job done in an hour and 40 minutes.
For 6th seed Date Krumm, the semifinal match was, like her quarterfinal match, a long affair, lasting almost three hours. She defeated 3rd seed Shahar Peer 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Date Krumm and Tanasugarn are 1-1 against each other; each of their prior meetings went to three sets.
In doubles, top seeds Alberta Brianti and Magdalena Rybarikova were defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Chang Kai-Chen and Lilia Osterloh. The other semifinal match, played the day before, featured the upset of the 2nd seeds, Chan Yung-Jan and Natalie Grandin. They were defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Shuko Aoyami and Rika Fujiwara.