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Kimiko Date-Krumm's Pattaya City Blog: Monday

Japanese icon Kimiko Date-Krumm just arrived to Pattaya City and kicks off the latest WTA Player Blog.

Published February 06, 2012 12:00

PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - In 2008 Kimiko Date-Krumm made a popular return to the WTA after almost 12 years in retirement, and since then she has been wowing crowds around the world with her unique style and showing age ain't nothing but a number. Now one of Asia's most celebrated athletes of all time is in Pattaya City and will bring us the latest blog this week.

Kimiko Date-Krumm

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hello everyone. I look forward to doing the blog from Pattaya, where I actually did the blog three years ago as well :)

I came to Pattaya from Hyogo, Japan, where we were playing against Slovenia in Fed Cup. I won a tough match against Polona Hercog. There were many people watching me there! I graduated in Kobe, which is in the same area, so my high school classmates, friends and even my mother were watching. But it also made me happy so many people were supporting me. It was a pity I didn't have more time to stay there and catch up with many of my old friends.

It is only a two hour time difference from Japan to Thailand, so I feel fine right now. The only difficult thing is I took the midnight flight, at 12:30am. Usually I sleep at 10 or 11 o'clock, so by that time I am automatically very sleepy. The flight is about six hours. I was very sleepy all along the way...

There is one big difference between the two places though - it is only 7 or 8 degrees in Hyogo, and here it is over 30. I was in Australia last month and it was so hot there, especially playing outside. Then I went back to Japan and it was like travelling from summer to winter. It was pretty cold to play in Hyogo. We played indoors, and even though we turned the heat on, it was still very cold. Now I've travelled from winter to summer again. I really like the weather here in Pattaya. I like hot weather! I also like spicy food very much - and eating spicy food in this hot weather, you can imagine how you will feel!

Speaking of Australia, I had a lot of fun playing mixed doubles with Kei. It was the first time I played mixed and it was exciting. We played well together, but I was worried about his condition, because he was going into the singles quarterfinals. It was a tough schedule for him, playing every day. I told him to not put so much pressure on himself and just enjoy his tennis, but he said, 'I am okay, I am still young!' Haha. There were many Japanese people there watching us play, which made it even more exciting. It was a really fun experience.

I just arrived in Pattaya this morning. I had a practice and a massage. I have been coming here four years in a row now. The people are very nice, the beach is nice, and there are many Japanese people living in Bangkok, so every year they come to watch me play. It is quite nice and feels a little bit like home :)

Have a good night and I will talk to you all again tomorrow!

Kimiko

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