October 22, 2021

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Kimiko Date-Krumm – still immortal

INDIAN WELLS – The 43-year-old Japanese player, who lost in the final round of qualifying to Yaroslava Shvedova, made the quarterfinals of the doubles with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

They lost a tough one to Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova, 10-6 in the superbreaker, after winning the first set 6-1.

Seriously, the woman looks better every year.

Here are a few pics:

There’s a side-by-side pic comparison in this brief piece on the WTA Tour site. Ahhh, the days of tucking and pleating.

Date-Krumm came into Indian Wells ranked No. 92 in singles and No. 54 in doubles.

She has played the event the last five years – which is three more times than she did in her first career, when she played it only twice.

The first time? 23  years ago.

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And she’s the only one who can truly rock that awful, horrid, Big-Birdian atrocity adidas has foisted upon its players early in the season.