Date-Krumm Downs Puig In Birmingham

Twenty-five years after making the Birmingham quarters in her WTA grass court debut, Kimiko Date-Krumm is into the third round. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was also an upset winner.

Published June 11, 2014 12:14


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BIRMINGHAM, England - Kimiko Date-Krumm advanced to the third round of the Aegon Classic on Wednesday with a dramatic victory over WTA Rising Star and No.12 seed Monica Puig.

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The 43-year-old Date-Krumm is 23 years older than Puig and first played here in 1989 in her WTA grass court debut, making the quarterfinals. She previously faced off with Puerto Rican No.1 Puig in the Monterrey quarterfinals earlier this year and pulled out a tight three-setter.

This one was even closer, with Date-Krumm having three match points in the third set tie-break at 6-3, but she lost four points in a row before fighting off a match point for Puig and eventually sealing a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) triumph.

Next up for Date-Krumm is seventh-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, whom she is 3-2 against but has lost two straight.

Also pulling off an upset was Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who down 5-4 in the third set against fellow Czech and No.5 seed Lucie Safarova, broke, held and broke again for a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win.

Interestingly enough, Date-Krumm and Zahlavova Strycova paired up later in the day for a first round doubles upset over fourth-seeded Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.

Two more singles upsets saw lucky loser Timea Babos score a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No.11 seed Madison Keys and Petra Cetkovska record her first win in four meetings with No.8 seed and 2009 Birmingham champion Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-4, 7-5.

Others moving on included second-seeded Samantha Stosur, third-seeded Sloane Stephens, fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens, sixth-seeded Klara Koukalova, ninth-seeded Zhang Shuai and 15th-seeded Alison Riske.

Read more about Stosur's win over Christina McHale here and Stephens' win over Francesca Schiavone here.

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