43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm ´I´m not thinking about stopping yet´


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43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm ´I´m not thinking about stopping yet´

Tennis - Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm says she has no plans of stopping just yet. Speaking to AFP in Tokyo, the 43-year-old former world no. 4 commented, "Next year? That's still a long way away. 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.

I don't have any problem with people mentioning my age. Of course my recovery time after matches is slower and I feel the fatigue more the next day. On the way back to the hotel, you feel sore and sometimes the ice baths don't work." "When I came back at 37 I was way stronger than I am now.

But I'm not thinking about stopping yet. There's no special secret. Tennis has become more scientific since the 90s. Strengthening core and back muscles helps maximise my power. If the Tokyo Olympics were in 2016, my motivation would be right up there," Date-Krumm is currently ranked no. 84 in the world and has a 11-10 record this season.