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Kimiko Date-Krumm breaks Wimbledon age record

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Date-Krumm reached the semi-finals in 1996. (©GettyImages)
Date-Krumm reached the semi-finals in 1996. (©GettyImages).

The famous saying 'age is just a number' has never been more appropriate than for Japanese tennis star Kimiko Date-Krumm.

At 42, she has become the oldest player to reach the third round of Wimbledon since the Open era began way back in 1968.

After a 6-0 6-2 victory in the first round over world number 193, Carina Witthoft, the Japanese veteran was drawn against the tough Alexandra Cadantu in round two. 

Thursday's clash was always going to be a classic encounter, with the pair ranked 84 and 85 in the world, and despite Cadantu being 19 years younger, it certainly did not translate to the court. A 6-4 7-5 victory was enough to see off the Romanian, and more than enough to see the record books rewritten. 

A certain British star, Virginia Wade, was the woman who previously held the record, after reaching this stage just a few days before her 40th birthday, back in 1985.

Date-Krumm previously reached this stage back in 1996, and she will be hoping to replicate that performance, where she went on to grace the semi-finals.  

Since her 12-year stint out of the game between 1997 and 2008, it has been a tough ride for the 42-year old at Wimbledon, three first-round exits and a second round defeat before a seemingly new lease of life for her in this years competition. 

However, there is another five years to go until the Japanese star has a chance of beating Martina Navratilova's record of being the oldest woman to win a match at this event, aged 47 and eight months.

There is no doubt many will be wishing Date-Krumm well in her third-round tie, and after two straight sets victories, there is no reason why she can't go further in the competition.


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