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PARIS (Kyodo) Kimiko Date Krumm was forced to retire due to a left calf injury in the first round of women’s singles at the French Open qualifiers on Wednesday.

Facing 23-year-old Italian Romina Oprandi, the 38-year-old Date Krumm fell 6-4 in the first set and had a 2-1 deficit in the second before dropping out in the fourth game.

The former world No. 4 was aiming to advance to the main draw for the first time in 13 years.

“Yesterday it was difficult to even walk because of the pain. I felt the pain return when I chased a drop shot (in the first set),” said Date Krumm, who had pulled a muscle in her left calf in February.

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