“It’s a miracle,” she said.
After a week of setting age-related records and becoming the media darling of this year’s Australian Open, the Japanese player lost her third-round singles match on Saturday.
“It was a great tournament for me,” Date-Krumm said after a 6-2, 7-6 (3) loss to 21-year-old Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.
In a sport dominated with women half her age, it was a great tournament for Date-Krumm.
This was her 43rd time playing a Grand Slam tournament _ and she was the oldest woman in the draw by about a decade. The only other player who came close was 33-year-old Greta Arn of Hungary _ who lost in the first round.
Date-Krumm is ranked 100th but defied the ranking system. She created a stir by beating No. 12-seeded Nadia Petrova _ who is 30 _ 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and becoming the oldest woman to win a singles match at the Australian Open.
During the week, she held court at packed press conferences and fielded questions about her secrets to longevity.
“Sleep a lot. Drink water a lot. It’s nothing special,” she said, noting that she’s older than some of her opponents’ mothers.
“So, yeah, it’s a miracle I was in the third round this year,” she said. “I’m very surprised myself.”
“Everybody says to me, `You are crazy,’ first word is always, `You are crazy,’” she said, laughing. “But they support me a lot.”
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