Kimiko Date-Krumm was born on September 28, 1970 in Kyoto, Japan. She is right-handed with double-handed backhand. She started playing at age 6 after being introduced by her parents and her hitting partner was Katsuhori Nishijima. In her career, she won more than 200 tournament matches, including the Japan Open four times. She turned pro last March 1989.

In 1992, she was awarded by the WTA as the “Most Improved Player of the Year” In 1994; she ranked in the top-ten women players in the world. She announced her retirement on 24 September 1996 after playing in her second Olympic Games

Born 28 Aug 1970
Nationality Japan Japan

On 6 April 2008, nearly 12 years after retiring, date announced she would return to the women’s professional tour at the age of 37, in November, she competed at the All-Japan Tennis Championship, her first appearance there in 16 years and bagged both the Singles and Doubles titles, after the comeback, she has won several ITF titles before reaching her first WTA Tour title at Seoul during 2009 Hansol Korea Open; at 38y/11m/30d, was second-oldest player in Open Era to win a Tour singles title after Billie Jean King, who won 1983 Birmingham at 39y/7m/23d. She is world’s rank 72 tennis player as of May 2010.

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    Susan Sage-Bell

    I just watched an amazing match with you and Venus; that was some of the best, most exciting tennis I've ever seen.! You are a fighter, and a champion and I hope to see more of you in the future!!