Australian Open: Kimiko Date-Krumm loses in first round

The 43-year-old Japanese veteran loses to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the first round.

Updated: January 13, 2014 11:03 IST
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Melbourne: Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest singles player at the Australian Open, lost in the first round to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

The 43-year-old Japanese veteran started with a 3-0 lead but lost momentum as the 187th-ranked Bencic rallied back with a break and won the last four games of the first set. (Also read: Venus Williams knocked out)

Date-Krumm battled back in the next set, prompting her 16-year-old opponent to bounce her racket in frustration after one flubbed point. (Li Na cruises to second round)

Bencic took control in the third, as Date-Krumm wilted with temperatures rising.

Playing her first Australian Open main draw, Bencic won two junior Grand Slam titles last year at the French Open and Wimbledon.

This was Date-Krumm's 48th time playing a Grand Slam tournament. She was the oldest woman in the draw by a decade.

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