Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm makes a return to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova during the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham England Thursday June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/David Davies/PA)
David Davies/PA
June 12, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Kimiko Date-Krumm, the 43-year-old Japanese who is the tour's oldest player, halted Daniela Hantuchova's title defense on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warmup event.

It was 18 years ago that Date-Krumm reached a Wimbledon semifinal. She proved an enduring grass-court threat by shortening the rallies, making her first serve count, and advancing at unexpected moments.

The most crucial phase of her startling 6-4, 6-0 success was the 10th game, in which Hantuchova made a push to recoup the early loss of a service game.

The seventh-seeded Slovak briefly re-found the ground-stroking rhythm which Date-Krumm took away, and earned one break back point for 5-5.

But once that was denied her - Date-Krumm moved sharply forward and put away a smash - Hantuchova's standard fell rather limply. Not even a dispute with the umpire about a line decision got her competitive adrenaline flowing.

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