Date-Krumm will be playing her first WTA-sanctioned tournament in 12 years. In her earlier career, she ranked as high as No. 4 in the world.
After she made her comeback in April, she won a doubles final and ended up being a semi-finalist in a singles tournament. In May, she overwhelmed the field at the Tokyo Ariake International Women's Tournament.
Date-Krumm has shown no signs of lack of stamina. During her competitive appearances this year, she received large rounds of applause for her "rising shots," returning volleys that seemingly fly on an upward plane.
It is hard to believe that Date-Krumm, well tanned and sturdily built, will be 38 years old on the eve of the opening of the tournament.
She was ranked No. 425 soon after her comeback. As of Sept. 11, she had risen to 264th place.
Compared with the events she has taken part in thus far, the AIG Open may turn out to be a tougher competition because it is sanctioned by the WTA as a tier-III tournament. "I may be beaten completely. [Yet] I'm prepared for it," Date-Krumm said.
She added, however, "I have been feeling something tangible while playing tennis."
Date-Krumm's goal, according to her, is to give stimulus to the tennis world.