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Injury Forces Kimiko Date-Krumm To The Brink Of Retirement

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Kimiko Date-Krumm reacts in her match against Amandine Hesse during the first round of 2016 Australian Open Qualifying (source: Zimbio.com)

Kimiko Date Krumm’s inspirational journey on the WTA Tour may be coming to an unfortunate ending following medical tests on her knee.

 

Short after the Australian Open, the 45-year-old announced that she will undergo surgery on her left knee. At that start of the month, the world No.198 was optimistic about a return to the sport.

“I’ve decided to have an endoscope surgery on my left-knee meniscus,” Date-Krumm told Mainichi.jp.
“I had an MRI a day after returning from the Australian Open, and the part where [there] was a crack now [has] a rupture. I thought about the life as an athlete and after. I don’t know when I can return, but I’ve decided on the unknown of having an operation and the ensuing rehab, believing I can stand on the court again one day.”

It has now been revealed that the doctors test has found that the condition of the Japanese player’s knee is ‘worse than expected’. According to The Japan Times, last week’s procedure concluded that her meniscus was badly worn out. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone. Writing a blog entry on Sunday, Date-Krumm confirmed that she is weighing up her options.

“As an athlete, it will be beyond tough to live life without taking part in sport,” Date-Krumm said.
“If I decide to have surgery again, it’s unavoidable that it will take a long time for me to come back.
“I want to think long and hard before deciding on the best possible option.”

Date-Krumm’s life on the tour has been one that other players envy. Playing her first Grand Slam at the 1989 French Open, the Japanese player achieved a ranking best of 4th in the world in 1995. She reached the semifinals at three Grand Slam tournaments between 1994-1996. During 1991-1996, she reached 13 WTA finals, claiming titles in seven of them.

Originally retiring from the sport in 1996, Date-Krumm announced a surprise comeback to the tour in 2008 at the age of 37. The comeback saw triumph for the Japanese player when she won the 2009 Korean Open to become the second oldest title winner in the Open Era on the WTA Tour. During her second stint on the tour, the 45-year-old has finished her season in the top 100 on three occasions (2009- 82nd, 2010 – 46th and 2013 54th). In 2013 she reached the third round of the Wimbledon Championships at the age of 42. During her time at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she shed some light on how she copes with life on the tour at her age.

I’m taking care of my body more, because of course the most difficult thing is recovery. I need to do fitness training, but if I do too much, I feel tired. For example, this past week I practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, then fitness in the afternoons. But after three days of that, I took one day off. Then Sunday, Monday I had just one practice“. She said in 2013.

Currently Date-Krumm has played 711 matches on the tour, winning 447 of them.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova Conqueror Rome

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on the final day of action at this year’s Italian Open.

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After a week full of mayhem both on and off the court, the winners of the 2019 Italian Open have been decided.

 

Under the guidance of four-time winner Conchita Martinez, Kasrolina Pliskova claimed the women’s title. Making her the first Czech woman to triumph in Rome since 1978. Pliskova now has 13 WTA titles to her name, of which three were won on the clay.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth trophy at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard disposed of Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his first title of 2019.

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Rafa Nadal - Roma 2019 (foto via Twitter, @InteBNLdItalia)

Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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