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Date Krumm returns to Asian Games

GUANGHZHOU, China (Kyodo) Kimiko Date Krumm, who at 40 is the oldest player competing in the tennis tournament, has returned to the Asian Games after winning the women’s singles title 16 years ago — a fact that even amazes herself.

“I didn’t think I would return here,” Date Krumm told reporters after her first day on the court on Monday where she beat Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan before losing with partner Ayumi Morita in doubles in the team event and settling for bronze.

On Friday, top-seed Date Krumm advanced to the quarterfinals following a 6-3, 6-3 victory over China’s Zhang Ling in the women’s singles second round.

She also reached the top eight with partner Morita in the doubles after a 6-0, 5-7, 10-8 win over Nudnida Luangnam and Nicha Lertpitaksinchai of Thailand.