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Veteran Kimiko Date Krumm seals historic win in Japan

Kimiko Date Krumm
Krumm went into retirement at the end of 1996

Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm made history at the Japan Open by beating Sam Stosur to become the first woman in her 40s to defeat a top-10 player.

The 40-year-old, who ended a 12-year spell in retirement in 2008, beat Australian Stosur 5-7 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to reach the semi-finals in Osaka.

Krumm is trying to win the tournament for the fifth time, having achieved four victories in the 1990s.

She will play number three seed Shahar Peer in the last four.

Krumm has broken her own record as the oldest player to beat someone from the top 10, having defeated Dinara Safina at this year's French Open when aged 39 years, seven months and 26 days.

Currently ranked 56th in the world, the 5ft 4in Japanese star retired from the game at the end of the 1996 season but has claimed some notable scalps since returning in April, 2008.


She has won one title since her comeback, beating Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko on her way to victory in Seoul last year, and only last month defeated Maria Sharapova in Tokyo.

Krumm also beat 16-year-old Briton Laura Robson in the first round in Osaka on Tuesday.

Saturday's other semi-final match will be played between veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand and 2006 champion Marion Bartoli of France.

In the Generali Ladies in Linz, Ana Ivanovic continues to make the most of her wildcard, reaching the semi-finals.

A late replacement for Serena Williams, she overpowered Germany's Julia Goerges 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 after a tight first set and next takes on Italy's Sara Errani.

The other semi-final in Austria will see world number 35 Andrea Petkovic, the highest-ranked player remaining, take on Patty Schnyder.

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see also
Robson reaches main draw in Osaka
11 Oct 10 |  Tennis
Safina struggles in Paris
26 May 10 |  Tennis

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