Date Krumm sees off Hantuchova for Bali

Updated: 07 November 2010 09:15 IST

Japanese tennis veteran Kimiko Date Krumm capped her best season since returning from retirement in 2008 with a third-place finish at the Bali Tournament of Cha

Date Krumm sees off Hantuchova for Bali

Japanese tennis veteran Kimiko Date Krumm capped her best season since returning from retirement in 2008 with a third-place finish at the Bali Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

The 40-year-old saw off Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 7-5 in just under two hours at the season-ending event, a victory that should see her move to around 46th in the world rankings.

Date Krumm, who in August became the oldest player in more than quarter of a century to rank in the top 50, needed four set points to secure the 66-minute opener against her Slovak opponent, who has won three career titles from 10 finals.

The Japanese player was broken to love while serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but broke back a game later and held on to end her week on the Indonesian resort island with a win.

The final of the event -- for winners of WTA International tournaments during 2010 -- will be decided later on Sunday when 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia takes on Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

Date Krumm, a fan favourite in Asia who was once ranked fourth in the world, quit the tour in the 1990s but has made a successful comeback over the past three seasons.



Topics : Tennis Kimiko Date-Krumm
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