Sunday, September 27, 2009

Autumnal Champions

Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan holds winner's trophy after she defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the women's singles final,  during a ceremony at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.
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Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan holds winner's trophy after she defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the women's singles final, during a ceremony at the Hansol Korea Open Tennis Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.

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As Matt informed us, she is the second oldest player (Billie Jean King was the oldest) to ever win a title on the WTA. She'll be 39 tomorrow. Nice work if you can get it. And she got it after being off the tour for 12 years. 12 years.

“Yeah, of course, very happy. I realized one more time after this game that we don’t know about tennis unless we actually play it.

“Above all, my husband’s love was a big help for my win.

“I think I won’t have any problem in my physical strength over the next five years. But I’m married … have to have kids and have a lot of things to do. I think I can play tennis for the next two years.”

Hers is quite a story.

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Spain's Albert Montanes celebrates with the trophy after defeating Argentine's Juan Monaco in the ATP Romania Open tennis, on September 27, 2009 in Bucharest. Montanes won the final 7-6, 7-6.

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Wearing a traditional Uzbek costume, Israel's Shahar Peer smiles during an awards ceremony after beating Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova in the Tashkent Open final, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Peer won her second straight WTA Tour title, beating local favorite Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final.
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Wearing a traditional Uzbek costume, Israel's Shahar Pe'er smiles during an awards ceremony after beating Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova in the Tashkent Open final, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Peer won her second straight WTA Tour title, beating local favorite Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 in the Tashkent Open final.

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Raise your hand if you saw back-to-back titles coming for a woman who's struggled most of the year?

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Gael Monfils ended a four-year title drought by winning the Open de Moselle in Metz over Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2.

3 comments:

rabbit said...

Love all the winning and losing finalists! And allez, Shahar!

Karen said...

Hello All. Just popping in to say hello and trust that everyone is well.

Pamela said...

I knew you'd come through Craig, I'm just a little impatient. I always love seeing the Asian swing for the winners trophy and the attire they ask them to put on.

Still really happy for Kimiko even though she lost in Tokyo. It was a very quick turn around to go from one event to the next and she still hung tough for 2 1/2 hours or so (I believe) Good for her.

Congrats to all the winners.

Tokyo is like a seed curse.