It wasn’t the way Kimiko Date wanted to go out.
She made her last appearance in pro tennis Tuesday before a full house at the Tokyo International – and was double-bageled by Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.
Krunic felt terribly about it.
“I don’t like that I had to be the one,” said Krunic, who bowed after the win. “I want to apologize that this was not the result you guys were all hoping for. When I’ll go to the locker probably I will cry but so far, I’m trying to stay tough.”
In the “giving back” department, Petra Kvitova has donated a new clubhouse to the tennis club in her hometown of Fulnek, Czech Republic.
Kvitova started playing tennis on those courts, and her father Jiří Kvita still plays there.
Kvitova’s older brother Libor is the head coach and manager of the club.
The Czech lefty, who lost to Venus Williams in a dazzling quarterfinal at the US Open, has pulled out of Tokyo next week. Next up is Wuhan, which she has won twice and where she is the defending champion.
You step up to the line. Big point. You’re popping the serve. It’s time for the heater up the T.
You pop, she barely moves.
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