Date Krumm fails in bid to make history

Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm has failed in her bid to become the

oldest-ever winner of a

WTA Tour event, losing in the final

of the Japan Open to Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Date Krumm, who at 40 would have beaten the record set by Billie

Jean King who won a tournament in Birmingham, England, aged 39

years, seven months and 23 days, was defeated 7-5 6-7 6-1 in a

marathon match lasting over three hours.

The Osaka victory gave 33-year-old Tanasugarn her fourth career

title, following her victories in 2008 and 2009 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch

in the Netherlands and in 2003 in Hyderabad, India.

Date Krumm, who had beaten top seed Samantha Stosur and third

seed Shahar Peer en route to the final, told the official WTA Tour

website: “I just tried my best and fought as hard as I could.

“Nobody wants to lose, so I tried everything. Now I will play

some ITF events followed by the Asian Games — so I will be

continuing to play tennis for the rest of the year.”

Meanwhile, former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic claimed her

first title in two years after defeating Patty Schnyder to win the

Austrian Open in Linz.

The seventh-seeded Serb, who had failed to win a tournament

since she triumphed at the same event in 2008, proved a class above

the Swiss to claim a 6-1 6-2 win in just 47 minutes.

Schnyder has also now gone two years without a tournament

victory — and this defeat means she has now lost three finals in

Linz following reverses in 2005 and 2007.