Kimiko Cruises Into QFs, Sam Next
Published October 14, 2010 12:00
OSAKA, Japan - Kimiko Date Krumm stormed into the quarterfinals of her home event on Thursday, crushing fellow Japanese Aiko Nakamura in just 52 minutes, 62 60, winning nine games in a row from 3-2 in the first set.
"Aiko is my good friend and I didn't want to play her," Date Krumm said. "I just focused on my game today. I believe Aiko will be back in the Top 100 soon!"
Date Krumm, who turned 40 two weeks ago and is seeded No.6 at the HP Open, will face No.1 seed and defending champion Samantha Stosur in the quarters. It will be the first meeting between the No.8-ranked Stosur and No.56-ranked Date Krumm - the Japanese No.1 has gone 1-5 against Top 10 players since returning in 2008, but four of those five losses went to three sets.
"Sam is very good," said Date Krumm, whose lone Top 10 win since coming back was over Dinara Safina at the French Open this year. "Sam has been in the finals of a Grand Slam this year and she's very fast. I'll try my best."
The other two seeds in action both won too. No.3 seed Shahar Peer, operating at a new career-high of No.13 in the world this week, rallied from 63 10 down to defeat Japanese wildcard Ryoko Fuda, 36 61 63, while No.7 seed Iveta Benesova saved the only break point against her to close out Italian one-hander Alberta Brianti in straight sets, 61 75. In the only match between unseeded players, Jill Craybas routed Olga Savchuk in 53 minutes, 61 61. Craybas, now 36, won her lone career title in Japan, over in Tokyo back in 2002.