Kimiko Date-Krumm — Getty ImagesThere are few things in sports that really make you sit back and just smile. One of those happened on Tuesday in Melbourne, as Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest woman to ever win a match at the Australian Open. How old is Date-Krumm? A spry 42-years-old.
Date-Krumm took down the 12th seeded Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-0, not only advancing to the second round as the oldest female ever to do so in this event, but winning her first Australian Open match since 1996 (!).
The Japanese veteran took 12 years off of tennis before returning to the game in 2008, and joked after her Tuesday match that she's old enough to be a lot of her fellow player's moms.
Date-Krumm will take on Shahar Peer in the second round.
Serena goes down, still doesn't drop a game -- When players are as good as Serena Williams, the only way they go out in the first round is an injury.
That almost happened on Tuesday Hisense Arena, where Serena landed awkwardly on her ankle on the fifth game of her opening match of this 2013 Australian Open and had to hobble to her seat. The injury looked nasty, but a few rounds of heavy tape later and Williams, looking to win her fourth straight Grand Slam title, came out and didn't drop a game.
Williams won 6-0, 6-0, and thanks to the injury gave us the quote of the tournament so far from defending champion Victoria Azarenka, who said after her match, “I heard she won love and love, so what kind of injury are we talking about [laughter]?"
Federer and Murray both roll -- Along with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are the names on the mens's side of things with what seems like a realistic shot at winning this Grand Slam.
And the two that played on Tuesday took care of business rather swiftly in their opening matches.
Federer and Murray both dropped just seven games in their straight sets win and advance as predicted through the first round.