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Age doesn't slow Kimiko Date-Krumm

Updated: January 15, 2013, 3:22 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

MELBOURNE, Australia -- At 42, Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm encounters some situations unique to her age -- such as playing kids whose mothers are younger than she is. Asked to recall her last Australian Open win, she furrowed her brow in a senior moment. "1996," she said, but couldn't summon up the name of her opponent. (For the record, it was Mexican player Angelica Gavaldon.)

Her first-round opponent Tuesday was more recognizable -- 12-seed Nadia Petrova of Russia. The two played twice ...

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