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Tennis: Youth beats experience Down Under

Published on Jan 13, 2014 8:12 PM
 

MELBOURNE (AFP) - The second youngest player in the women's Australian Open draw on Monday knocked out the oldest, but there was little between the two despite a whopping 27-year age difference.

Exciting Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic is just 16 and came up against veteran Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 43 is older than her opponent's mother.

Yet despite sweltering conditions and Bencic's clear youthful advantage, the wily Japanese held her own, taking the second set before succumbing 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

"I was not thinking about it (Date-Krumm's age), but I had real trouble to play her because she plays a very different game and very flat ball. I could do nothing with it," said Bencic.

 
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