While there remains no age limit to sports, specifically tennis, 43 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm is honest enough to admit that her age is creeping up to her already. The current world’s No. 84, however, does not see retirement anytime soon yet.
Date-Krumm, who retired in 1996 after losing to Steffi Graf in the Wimbledon semifinals, came out of retirement after 12 years and proceeded to win more matches than she did before her retirement. She became the second-oldest player to win a WTA title after capturing the Korean Open in 2009. When asked what keeps her in shape, she noted that, “strengthening core and back muscles helps maximize her power.” As retiring seem to be a distant thing for her, many have wondered if she plans to participate in the 2020 Olympics. She candidly answered, “If the Tokyo Olympics were in 2016, my motivation would be right there. It might be possible.” But as it is, she joked about doing an Austin Powers move on being cryogenically frozen. “If I’d just have to sleep and then when I wake up, it’s like yesterday, that might work.”
Of course, as it takes her longer periods of time to recover after a match, Date-Krumm is considering hanging up her racket for good at times, “I have thought at times that enough is enough and wrestled with the idea (of quitting), but I’ve managed to overcome those feelings so far.”