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Kuznetsova struggles to get past 39-year-old Krumm

Svetlana Kuznetsova returns the ball to Kimiko Date

Svetlana Kuznetsova returns the ball to Kimiko Date Krumm. (Aug. 31, 2010) Credit: AP

2004 U.S. Open champ and 11 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova had a bit of trouble getting past 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round, dropping the second set before recovering to win, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Krumm, at one time, was one of the top women's players in the world. She was ranked as high as 4th in November 1995, but retired in 1996. In 2008, she made a surprising comeback at age 37.

Now 39, she was the oldest woman in this year's singles draw.

Meanwhile, No. 5 Jelena Jankovic is struggling to stay alive against Romania's Simona Halpe. It's currently 5-5 in the third set. Jankovic was down 4-5 in the third and had to break Halpe in a deuce game to stay alive.

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