Kimiko Date-Krumm's Pattaya City Blog: Friday
Published February 10, 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.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Hello from my day off everybody :)
I woke up without an alarm today... I was very happy! I had no matches today, the first time here. After breakfast I had some practice, then I came to the beach for a barbecue organized by the tournament. It was a very nice lunch, sitting by the beach, hearing the sound of waves, talking with other players and friends, eating nice food. It was a very good atmosphere... I was so relaxed and comfortable. After the lunch I went pool side and took a nap. What a life!
I'll answer some more of your questions and talk to you again tomorrow!
Have a nice day,
How do you and your husband communicate - English, German or Japanese? Daniel, Germany
All three. We usually talk in Japanese, but often we speak to each other in English, since I need to improve my English. But when I am tired I say, 'Okay, let's just speak Japanese.' We have spoken German also - I studied some German, like I visited Germany often when I lived in Monaco. But when I started to play tennis again I had no chance to practice and so I forgot everything :(
I think my husband has a talent for languages. He can speak Japanese very well. He started living in Japan in 1996, although not all the time, but when he had races. He has had a contract with Nissan for many years, since 1994 or 1995. He also speaks English, German (of course) and Swedish too, because his mother is Swedish. And now he is studying Chinese, because he has some business in China. I have no idea about how well he can speak Chinese because I can't understand. He knows many more languages than me, but he is European, I am Japanese, he is supposed to know more languages than me!
What do you remember about your semifinal match with Sabatini at Key Biscayne in 1995, when you came back from 61 51 to win? Tom, USA
Yes, I remember that match. She had eight match points! It was on center court. At that time I had a shoulder problem and couldn't hit the ball with a lot of power, and my second serve was maybe around 68%, and the score was 61 51... I almost gave up... and she was hitting the ball very high, so I had to raise my arm higher to hit the ball back, and it was very painful. But suddenly she started making some double faults, and things started looking better for me. She also started hitting the ball more flat, and my shoulder felt better with the flat shots. Finally I won the match. It was a very exciting memory in my career.
Was it hard to adjust to playing right-handed? Nicholas, Indonesia
In Japan, because of our culture, if you are left-handed, your parents will force you to change to right-handed. This is because of the way we write - from the top right down. Also it is because when we eat together, if you are left-handed, you will knock other people's elbows, which is not very convenient. So when I was young my parents tried to change me. Now I eat with my right hand, but I still write with my left hand, since they cannot change the writing habit anyway!
When I was young we did not have our own racquets and had to borrow them, and there were not many left-handed racquets at that time. So I could not have the proper racquet. So I use my right hand now but I can also hit with my left hand - here in Pattaya in one of our doubles matches there was a really high ball to my backhand and I could not reach it with two hands (you know my height is not like Akgul!) So I just hit it with my left hand and we scored!
How do you decide what to wear when you play tennis, because you always look fantastic! Amy, Australia
Thank you! My sponsor is adidas. Every year they send me certain types of clothes and I can choose the ones I like... I like my tennis clothes!!