WTA stars took to social media to congratulate Kimiko Date on an amazing career as she retired from the sport following her defeat to Aleksandra Krunic at the Japan Women's Open.
Date, now 46, initially stepped away from the sport in 1996 before making a comeback 12 years later.
— Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) September 13, 2017
Not many souls like Kimiko out there in tennis world and I was so lucky to meet you and know you well ? Thanks for everything and congrats ? pic.twitter.com/IN5uFm8KUh
— Andrea Hlavackova (@AndreaHlavackov) September 12, 2017
What a career! My favorite Kimiko story to date was earlier this year when she offered me her chair and said "don't worry, I'm still young!" https://t.co/iFJl2Rn3Vy
— Irina Falconi (@IrinaFalconi) September 12, 2017
— Caroline Garcia (@CaroGarcia) September 12, 2017
There was also plenty of acclaim for new World No.1 Garbiñe Muguruza - particularly from her compatriots.
— Anabel Medina (@anabelmedina) September 11, 2017