I have been to busy to blog but its a belated happy birthday for Kimiko Date Krumm who turned 40 a few days ago. A lady who gave up tennis at the age of 27 and then because her husband wanted to see her play more often 12 years later came out of retirement.
At the 2009 Korea Open, she won her first WTA Tour level match after the return, against Lee Ye Ra then came up with a second victory right after over Alisa Kleybanova, coming back from a set and 5-2 down. In the quarterfinals Kimiko defeated top seed Daniela Hantuchova in three sets lasting over two and a half hours. Date Krumm prevailed with the score 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4. In the semifinals she defeated defending champion Maria Kirilenko 3-6 6-2 6-4. In the final, which was held one day before her 39th birthday, Kimiko Date Krumm defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 to win her first WTA Tour title since her comeback. Thus, she became the second-oldest player in the Open era to win a singles title on the WTA Tour, after Billie Jean King, who won Birmingham in 1983, aged 39 years, 7 months and 23 days.
This week the day before her 40th she beat Maria Sharapova in three sets and then on her birthday she followed it up with a victory over Daniela Hantuchova where after losing the first set 6-2, she produced ten winning games on the trot. Needless to say at 4-0 down in the decider Miss Hantuchova retired before I think she had a complete and total meltdown.
She then lost to French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the third round 6–3, 6–3, but to still be competing and winning at the very highest level is a fantastic achievement.
Been a fairly quiet last few days. Been using real money for the tennis strategy as most of the games seem to be in the middle of the night so I cant really monitor them unless I stick money in to see when they get matched etc.. Not sure what to make of it but lets see. I was down to the tune of £150 but now its only a pound so the recovery is underway ! Watch this space for the ebook, just need Steve Davidsons email address...
Picked a few football games yesterday to lay the draw. The first was Spurs who after watching the first 10 minutes I thought this is going to be a goal fest but at 0-0 at half time I was starting to worry especially after the penalty miss. Came good though and all the backers off over 4.5 at half time made some money. The second game was in Argentina where looking at the stats I fancied a result and luckily the home team was two up by half time. I had come out of that at 1-0 though as I am still a bit wary of this type of bet.
Had a good day with the horses as having picked ten out I had two places at 12/1 and 20/1 six unplaced and two winners at 12/1 and 4/1 giving a profit of £ 340.
Tomorrow the Golf starts. I dont really understand all the hype but then again Golf and F1 are my least favourite sports but they are played and watched by millions so good luck to Europe. If any of you get Pete Norsteds newsletter I will have a go at his Ryder Cup strategy for Friday and Saturday.