Whoever it was who said that Kimiko Date Krumm's comeback has been overrated really needs to re-think that opinion. She recently knocked off Tokyo defending champion Maria Sharapova, and today, she upset Osaka top seed and defending champion Sam Stosur. Date Krumm defeated Stosur 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. The match lasted over 2 and 1/2 hours, and its length and intensity may harm Date Krumm's chances to win her semifinal contest against Shahar Peer. Of course, one is tempted to say she may struggle because she is 40 years old, but players younger than she frequently wear out after very intense matches.
I wish Date Krumm had not retired when she did, but the good news is that she is on the tour again. The athletic and creative Date Krumm is a breath of fresh air, and her presence on the other side of the net almost always means trouble for most players.
Diane it is so funny. Recently when Kimiko took out Pavlychenkova (sp?) Matt Cronin tweeted that that should not be happening. 2 days later he had to eat his words when she took out Sharapova. Now he is singing her praises now that she has taken out Stosur.
People belittled Safina when she lost to Kimiko twice. Clearly, they believe because of her age she is no longer competitive, but she is incredibly fit and very focused out on court.
Kudos to her. Hope she takes the title tomorrow. She has earned it.
Kimiko is the official floater from hell; no one wants to see her on the other side of the net.
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