Date-Krumm Runner-up At Home
- 15 October 2012
HP Open 2012 was held in Osaka, Japan from October 8th to 14th. It was the last WTA tournament of the season for Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT), and she advanced to the final in women’s doubles.
No. 4 seeds Kimiko and her partner Heather Watson defeated No. 2 seeds Zheng Jie (EZONE Xi 98, PTGSPN) and Anabel Medina Garrigues by 6-3 4-6 [10-8] in the semifinals. Kimiko was the tournament’s doubles finalist two years in a row, although the fourth seeded pair lost in the final against the first seeded pair Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears by 6-1 6-4.
After this tournament, Kimiko will leave for Europe to play in two ITF tournaments in France.
This week there are two WTA tournaments in Europe. Caroline Wozniacki (VCORE Xi 100), Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98) and Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Xi 98, PTGP125) will compete at the Kremlin Cup 2012 in Moscow, and Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97) will play in the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.
HP Open 2012 [Women’s Doubles / Final]
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) def. Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT)(JPN) / Heather Watson (GBR) 6-1 6-4
*Kimiko’s image is Australian Open 2012.
*Caroline’s image is from Toray PPO 2012.