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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) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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