Happy 40th, Kimiko!
At 26 or 40, Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm has always had that killer smile - and game to match.
Published September 28, 2010 12:00
Among Date Krumm's pre-retirement highs were three Grand Slam semifinals, including at the French in 1995.
Date Krumm - then Date - played the last tournament of her first career at the 1996 WTA Championships.
At age 26, Date Krumm retired, her last match a loss to Martina Hingis at the 1996 WTA Championships.
After almost 12 years out of the game, Date Krumm returned to professional tennis in the spring of 2008.
Date Krumm began pushing top players again in 2009, including leading Caroline Wozniacki 75 31 at Wimbledon.
Just before her 39th birthday in September 2009, Date Krumm won her eighth career title in Seoul.
Just after becoming the second-oldest player to win a title, Date Krumm celebrated her 39th birthday in Tokyo.
Date Krumm played the season-ending event in Bali, reaching the semifinals before falling to Marion Bartoli.
Date Krumm was the oldest woman ever to beat a Top 10 player, beating Dinara Safina at the French Open.
Date Krumm cracked the Top 50 again and remains a force to be reckoned with, especially against top players.