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Kimiko Date tips Naomi Osaka as future No. 1

More Sports / Tennis Sep 10, 2018

Kimiko Date tips Naomi Osaka as future No. 1

After becoming a Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka can follow her historic U.S. Open triumph by becoming the first Japanese player to become No. 1 in the world, predicts former Japanese great Kimiko Date. Though Osaka's moment of glory was overshadowed by Serena Williams' meltdown ...

The top sports stories of 2017

General Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...

Date says coaching not part future plans

More Sports / Tennis Sep 20, 2017

Date says coaching not part future plans

by Mai Yoshikawa

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date said Wednesday she has yet to give life after sport a serious thought, as she is still going back and forth between strange emptiness and ecstatic relief now that she has retired from competitive tennis. "There's a sentiment of ...

Date decides to hang up racket at age 46

More Sports / Tennis Aug 28, 2017

Date decides to hang up racket at age 46

Kimiko Date called time on her tennis career at the age of 46 on Monday, saying she was no longer able to perform at the best of her abilities due to physical issues and had decided to listen to the "inner voice" telling her ...

More Sports / Tennis Aug 2, 2017

Date to play at Japan Women's Open

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date has been invited to compete at the Japan Women's Open next month, the Japan Tennis Association said Wednesday. The 46-year-old Date, a sponsors' invite for the Sept. 11-17 event at Tokyo's Ariake Tennis Forest Park, made her competitive comeback ...

Date returns to court after 16-month absence

More Sports / Tennis May 3, 2017

Date returns to court after 16-month absence

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date returned to official competition on Wednesday for the first time in 16 months after recovering from a knee injury, but went out in the first round of the Kangaroo Cup. The 46-year-old veteran, who retired when she was 26 ...