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Stats Corner: Kimiko Joins List Of 40+ Titlists

Her triumph in Osaka made Kimiko Date-Krumm the oldest player other than Martina Navratilova to win a WTA doubles event.

Published October 16, 2011 05:19

Stats Corner: Kimiko Joins List Of 40+ Titlists
Kimiko Date-Krumm, Zhang Shuai

Forty-one-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest WTA player to win a doubles title besides Martina Navratilova when she and Zhang Shuai edged No.1 seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, 75 36 119, in Sunday's Osaka final.

Date-Krumm has made quite a few additions to her resume since returning to the WTA in 2008 after more than a decade away. Among those is the greatest-ever gap between singles titles, as 13 years and one month passed between her victory at Tokyo [Japan Open] in 1996 and Seoul in 2009. Her gap between doubles titles is even longer, as 15 years and six months passed between her victory at Tokyo in 1996 and Osaka in 2011.

Here is the list of all 40+ doubles title winners in the Open Era:

Player Age Event
Martina Navratilova 49 yrs. 9 mos. '06 Montréal
Martina Navratilova 49 yrs. 7 mos. '06 Strasbourg
Martina Navratilova 48 yrs. 9 mos. '05 Toronto
Martina Navratilova 47 yrs. 6 mos. '04 Vienna
Martina Navratilova 47 yrs. 0 mos. '03 Philadelphia
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 11 mos. '03 Leipzig
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 9 mos. '03 Toronto
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 6 mos. '03 Rome
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 5 mos. '03 Sarasota
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 3 mos. '03 Dubai
Martina Navratilova 46 yrs. 2 mos. '03 Gold Coast
Martina Navratilova 45 yrs. 7 mos. '02 Madrid
Kimiko Date-Krumm 41 yrs. 0 mos. '11 Osaka
Billie Jean King 40 yrs. 2 mos. '84 Chicago


Notes: Age reflects how old player was on first day of event they won ... Navratilova's record-breaker at '06 Montréal came alongside Nadia Petrova ... King is the oldest Open Era singles titlist, having won Birmingham in '83 when she was 39 years and seven months, with Date-Krumm becoming second-oldest when she won Seoul in '09 at 38 years and 11 months ... The oldest ATP singles titlist is Pancho Gonzales, who was 43 years and nine months when he won Des Moines in '72.

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