If ever evidence were needed of the Dire condition of Women's Tennis...
Not only is a player of very slightly-above-ordinary abilities number one in the world, who two and a half years ago NOBODY would have predicted would even clip the top eight, but a 38 year-old out of the game for 12 years last season can push the 25th seed to 8-6 in the third.
Now, far be it from me to denigrate Kimiko Date (now Krum). She was an absolutely thrilling player to watch in the 1990s, and in my opinion, could have won a slam had she had a little bit more desire. She played beautiful tennis and was more talented than most. The best thing (sorry, Ai, sorry Li Na) to come out of the Far East by far. So credit to her.