Kimiko Date-Krumm's second career

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After a 12-year-hiatus, Kimiko Date-Krumm returned to professional tennis at age 38, an age where most women have long retired.
She may be playing her best tennis ever, but of course, the game has evolved so much.
As she's about to turn 44, the Japanese player reached the U.S. Open doubles semi-final with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.

Just 23, Date at the U.S. Open on Aug. 31, 1994. (<span>Gary Prior/ALLSPORT)</span>
Kimiko Date - U.S. Open 1994
Just 23, Date at the U.S. Open on Aug. 31, 1994. (Gary Prior/ALLSPORT)
Nov. 9, 1996 - Kimiko Date at her official retirement ceremony at the WTA championships at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Al Bello/ALLSPORT)
Kimiko Date, 1996
Nov. 9, 1996 - Kimiko Date at her official retirement ceremony at the WTA championships at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Al Bello/ALLSPORT)
Steffi Graf, Kimiko Date and Martina Navratilova at a press conference before an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in March, 2008. That was the impetus for Date-Krumm's return to the Tour. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Kimiko Date and friends.
Steffi Graf, Kimiko Date and Martina Navratilova at a press conference before an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan in March, 2008. That was the impetus for Date-Krumm's return to the Tour. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
At the French Open in 2010. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the French Open in 2010. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the Australian Open in 2010, at 39, playing doubles with fellow 39-year-old Yayuk Basuko of Indonesia. No one had more fun. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the Australian Open in 2010, at 39, playing doubles with fellow 39-year-old Yayuk Basuko of Indonesia. No one had more fun. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At Wimbledon in 2014. That adidas outfit was generally derided, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be the super-fit Date-Krumm. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At Wimbledon in 2014. That adidas outfit was generally derided, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be the super-fit Date-Krumm. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
Ruffly at Wimbledon in 2014. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca).
Kimiko Date-Krumm
Ruffly at Wimbledon in 2014. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca).
Going for a run at Wimbledon in 2010. She returned to the top 50 in singles for first time shortly after that. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
Going for a run at Wimbledon in 2010. She returned to the top 50 in singles for first time shortly after that. (Stephanie Myles/opencourt.ca)
In a May-December pairing that was all-Japan, Date-Krumm paired with young Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open in 2012. Both made semifinals at the U.S. Open; Date-Krumm in women's doubles, Nishikori in men's singles. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm and Kei Nishikori
In a May-December pairing that was all-Japan, Date-Krumm paired with young Kei Nishikori at the Australian Open in 2012. Both made semifinals at the U.S. Open; Date-Krumm in women's doubles, Nishikori in men's singles. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the Australian Open in 2014 where, at age 43, she played 16-year-old Belinda Bencic in the first round and lost in three tough sets in the searing heat. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the Australian Open in 2014 where, at age 43, she played 16-year-old Belinda Bencic in the first round and lost in three tough sets in the searing heat. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the U.S. Open in 2011. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
At the U.S. Open in 2010. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)
Kimiko Date-Krumm
At the U.S. Open in 2010. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)

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