Japanese commercials for Iyo Bank, featuring Kimiko Date-Krumm (age 42) who’s currently the oldest tennis player in the top 100 world ranking. She’s also the second oldest player to win a WTA tournament (39 in 2009) and held the record for highest ranked ever Asian female player (4th) before overtaken by Chinese Li Na.
Two Asian women have created a record for the oldest known singles final contested in women’s tennis history with a combined age of 73.
Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn, 33, defeated Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm, 40, in the Japan Women’s Open final on Sunday. Date-Krumm could have created her very own record for being the oldest winner on a WTA Tour if she had won the game.
The oldest title winner record is held by American legend Billie Jean King, who last won in 1983 at age 39 years and seven months. Date-Krumm was second at 38 years and 11 months with her Seoul title in 2009.