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
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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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