MELBOURNE – Every year, you figure it’s the immortal Kimiko Date-Krumm’s last kick at the Slam can.
And yet here she is in 2016, going after it again.
Unfortunately, despite a 4-2 lead in the third set, the 45-year-old dropped her first-round qualifying match to a French player of no particular pedigree, Amandine Hesse.
Final score was 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Will she be back in singles? She probably doesn’t have the answer. But that heavily-taped leg (in addition to her myriad of other injuries) may make that call for her.