One of the most accomplished Japanese tennis players in history, Kimiko Date-Krumm was born left-handed but taught to play tennis right handed. A quick, agile player, Date-Krumm hits extremely flat shots off both forehand and backhand. She won her first title in her adopted hometown of Tokyo in 1992. She would win five of her eight career singles titles in Tokyo. Date-Krumm reached a career-high rank of No. 5, including semifinal appearances at the 1994 Australian Open, 1995 Roland Garros and 1996 Wimbledon, before she retired after playing the season-ending Chase Championships at Madison Square Garden in 1996. She remain retired for a decade, eventually launching a comeback at the urging of her husband, German race car driver, Michael Krumm. In September, 2009, Date-Krumm claimed her first WTA tournament title in 12 years, dispatching fifth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova and top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova before stopping second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues to win Seoul. At the age of 38 years, 11 months and 30 days she was the second-oldest woman in Open Era history to capture a tournament title (Billie Jean King was eight months older when she won Birmingham in 1983). Fifteen years removed from her surge to the 1995 French Open semifinals, the 39-year-old Date-Krumm became the second-oldest woman in history to win a Roland Garros match, fighting back from a 1-4 deficit in the final set and overcoming calf cramps to stun two-time finalist Dinara Safina, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, at the 2010 French Open. She made history as the oldest woman to beat a Top 10 player. Date-Krumm, who won three doubles titles in 2013, has won more than 400 singles matches in her career.
1996: Tokyo, San Diego
1994: Tokyo, Sydney
2013: Pattaya City, Monterrey, Stasbourg