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Babos & Date-Krumm Master Monterrey

Timea Babos and Kimiko Date-Krumm won their first WTA title as a duo at the Monterrey Open, Date-Krumm's fourth WTA doubles title since turning 40.

Published April 07, 2013 11:59

Babos & Date-Krumm Master Monterrey
Kimiko Date-Krumm, Timea Babos

MONTERREY, México - In just their second event together, Timea Babos and Kimiko Date-Krumm secured their first WTA title at the Monterrey Open on Sunday with a straight set defeat of Eva Birnerova and Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Both winners already had some pleasant memories of Monterrey, as Babos won her first WTA title in singles here last year and Date-Krumm was runner-up last year in doubles with Zhang Shuai. Their only set surrendered as a pairing this year was in a quarterfinal defeat of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alla Kudryavtseva despite Date-Krumm having to retire from her singles opener with a back injury.

Interestingly enough, Babos' three WTA doubles titles have come with three different partners at three different events and Date-Krumm's five have come with five different partners at five different events.

Just one of those titles came during the first phase of Date-Krumm's career that saw her retire in 1996. But since returning to the WTA full-time in 2009, she has picked up four more WTA doubles titles - four times adding her name to the list of Open Era doubles titlists 40 and older:

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 42 yrs. 6 mos. '13 Monterrey
Kimiko Date-Krumm 42 yrs. 4 mos. '13 Pattaya City
Kimiko Date-Krumm 41 yrs. 6 mos. '12 Copenhagen
Kimiko Date-Krumm 41 yrs. 0 mos. '11 Osaka
Billie Jean King 40 yrs. 2 mos. '84 Chicago
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