Whoever it was who said that Kimiko Date Krumm's comeback has been overrated really needs to re-think that opinion. She recently knocked off Tokyo defending champion Maria Sharapova, and today, she upset Osaka top seed and defending champion Sam Stosur. Date Krumm defeated Stosur 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in the quarterfinals. The match lasted over 2 and 1/2 hours, and its length and intensity may harm Date Krumm's chances to win her semifinal contest against Shahar Peer. Of course, one is tempted to say she may struggle because she is 40 years old, but players younger than she frequently wear out after very intense matches.
I wish Date Krumm had not retired when she did, but the good news is that she is on the tour again. The athletic and creative Date Krumm is a breath of fresh air, and her presence on the other side of the net almost always means trouble for most players.