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Kimiko Date

Anyone remember this girl?

http://www.wtatour.com/players/playe...PlayerID=40130

Apparently she got to number 4 in the world and then just stopped playing tennis for some reason. The most successful Japanese tennis player ever.

Apparently she forced herself to play right handed, even though she was a lefty.
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I remember Kimiko. She hit the ball unbelievably flat. I think she retired due to injury...she beat and came close to beating many top players, including my fave, Sabatini.
I remember that match she played against Graf at Wimbledon, and she had Graf on ropes until the rain came, and match was halted. Graf came back the next day and won...unfortunately. Had it not rained Date would have won.
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Didn't she retire because of the new ranking system and she would never be able to play 17 tournaments?

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career high #4 has some really great players.

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I like the name KIMIKO, KIMIKO, KIMIKO...
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I remember Kimiko. She hit the ball unbelievably flat. I think she retired due to injury...she beat and came close to beating many top players, including my fave, Sabatini.
I remember that match she played against Graf at Wimbledon, and she had Graf on ropes until the rain came, and match was halted. Graf came back the next day and won...unfortunately. Had it not rained Date would have won.
Wasn't it due to bad light?
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A lot of people say Date would have won that Graf match at Wimbledon if it hadn't been stopped but it's not like she was leading 5-0 in the third when they came off court. Steffi on grass could have still won that match if they had played on I always think but it seems to be the agreed story years later that Date would have won. It's not that clear cut to me.


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I remember Kimiko. She hit the ball unbelievably flat. I think she retired due to injury...she beat and came close to beating many top players, including my fave, Sabatini.
I remember that match she played against Graf at Wimbledon, and she had Graf on ropes until the rain came, and match was halted. Graf came back the next day and won...unfortunately. Had it not rained Date would have won.

Bad recollection. There was no rain ....

And why should Date have won without the darkness break?
Graf has won 72 % of her three-set matches during her long career.
When she was #1 in the rankings the percentage was even higher (78 %; 56-16). That means Graf won almost 4 of 5 three-setters in her prime.
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A lot of people say Date would have won that Graf match at Wimbledon if it hadn't been stopped but it's not like she was leading 5-0 in the third when they came off court. Steffi on grass could have still won that match if they had played on I always think but it seems to be the story years later that Date was on the verge of winning.

The usual BS from Graf haters.
They forget that Graf won 78% of 3-setters during her time as #1 in the world.

But Graf and her fans can deal with those "woulda-coulda" haters ...
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What was the score when they came off court at Wimbledon, does anyone remember? I think it was one set all and they came off before a third was started?

Date was a great player though. She had a nice compact style and always fought hard. She had a lot more energy than you would have thought to look at her. And although she was not well built she timed the ball so well on her groundstrokes that she could hit winners from all over.


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i believe Kimiko's reached the semifinals of AO (93), RG(95?), Wimbledon(96) and the QFs of USO.

has anyone watched her 96 fed cup match against Steffi or the two matches in japan for Steffi's farewell tour in 2000?

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i love her very flat compact groundstrokes and she would use her opponent's pace and create winners off from them

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There's a thread or two bumped up about Kimiko in the Blast from the past foum.

Anyone into retired players is welcome to join us!

http://www.wtaworld.com/forumdisplay.php?f=59
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What was the score when they came off court at Wimbledon, does anyone remember? I think it was one set all and they came off before a third was started?
You're right Raquel. They split sets then it was called for darkness. That the the day a man in the crowd yelled out "Steffi will you marry me?" She ignored it for a second, got ready to serve, and couldn't let it pass.

"How much money do you have?" she yelled back. The whole joint got a big laugh out of that.
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There's a thread or two bumped up about Kimiko in the Blast from the past foum.

Anyone into retired players is welcome to join us!
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Really?
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