Kimiko Date Krumm won her eighth career title and first in 13 years, just one day ahead of her 39th birthday, beating second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-3 6-3 in the Hansol Korea Open final.
“I realized one more time after this game that we don’t know about tennis unless we actually play it,” said Date Krumm, who is confident she can play tennis for a couple of more years.
Date Krumm took out top seed Daniela Hantuchova in the quarterfinals, and defending champion Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals.
The world No.155 Japanese was ranked as high as No.4 in the world. Another interesting fact about her career is that she didn’t play competitive tennis from 1996 to 2008. (source: Associated Press, photo via Sony Ericsson WTA Tour)