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Tuesday, 23rd November 2010
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Date Krumm plans retirement from tennis

Japanese tennis star Kimiko Date Krumm has announced that she plans to retire from competition in 2011.

Date Krumm, a former top five player, took some time out from the game before retuning in 2008 due to numerous injury problems, reports Reuters.

However, the 40-year-old has confirmed that she is unlikely to play past next season after losing in the semi-finals of the Asian Games to Chinese player Peng Shuai 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2.

"I'm not a robot - I'm only human. I'm not even sure I can play through next season, let alone the next Asian Games," said the former 1994 Asian Games gold medallist.

Now ranked 46 in the world, Date Krumm is Japan's most successful tennis player and has recorded wins against players such as Maria Sharapova and Dinara Safina during her career.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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