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Date Krumm reaches second round

OSAKA (Kyodo) Kimiko Date Krumm moved into the second round of the Japan Women’s Open on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Britain’s Laura Robson.

The 40-year-old Date Krumm, who reached the third round of the Pan Pacific Open two weeks ago with wins over Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova, broke Robson four times en route to victory in 63 minutes in the $220,000 WTA event.

Date Krumm struggled in the first set with the left-handed Robson, who is just 16 years old. But once she adjusted to Robson’s big serves, Date Krumm put away her opponent at a brisk pace.

“The match pretty much went exactly according to plan,” said Date Krumm, who is competing for the fourth straight week. “My performances haven’t good or bad recently, but at least I’ve been consistent and that means a lot to me.”

The sixth-seeded Date Krumm will face wild-card compatriot Aiko Nakamura in the next round. Nakamura beat Russia’s Alexandra Panova 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3 to advance.