History | Kimiko Date Official website | THE TENNIS DAILY


  • 2013


    In June 2013, became the oldest female ever to reach the 3rd round at the Wimbledon.

  • 2013-01-01

    In January 2013, got through to the 3rd round at the Australian Open and became the oldest woman to ever win a main draw singles match.

  • 2012


    In April 2012, won both Singles and Doubles matches at Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs and contributed to Japan’s entry in the World Group.

  • 2012-01-24

    In January 2012, reached 2nd round of Australian Open Mixed Doubles pairing with Kei Nishikori.

  • 2011


    In 2011, for the second time in 15 years since the semifinals match against Steffi Graf in 1996, Kimiko stood on the center court at Wimbledon in the second round match against Venus Williams. After 2 hours 56 minutes of exciting game, Kimiko lost 7-6(6) 3-6 6-8.

  • 2010


    In 2010 at HP Open, Kimiko defeated Samantha Stosur (AUS) 5-7 6-3 7-6 in the quarterfinals, marking it the first time since her comeback to win against a top 10- ranking player. This was the first time in the history of WTA that a player over 40 years of age defeated a top 10-ranking player.

  • 2010-09-01

    At the Toray Pan Pacific in September, Kimiko defeated Maria Sharapova (RUS) 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the first round.

  • 2010-05-25

    At the Roland Garros, Kimiko came from behind to win 3-6 6-4 7-5 against the tournament's No. 9 seed, Dinara Safina (RUS), ranked No. 1 on WTA Rankings in 2009, and runner-up at Roland Garros for 2 consecutive years. This winning match in the Grand Slam tournament was the first in 14 years since playing at the 1996 Wimbledon. For a player at the age of 39 and 7 months to win a match at Roland Garros makes Kimiko the second oldest female player to achieve this task in the history of French Open since 1968.

  • 2009


    Won Mix Doubles at All Japan Tennis.

  • 2009-09-01

    Won at Hansol Open in Korea (WTA Tour). This was Kimiko's 8th win in the singles on the WTA Tour since winning at the '96 Toshiba Classics 13 years earlier. Her victory in the singles on the WTA Tour at the age of 38 years 11 months and 30 days is second to the record of 39 years 7 months and 23 days set by Billie Jean King (USA) in 1983.

  • 2009-06-22

    Played in the first round at Wimbledon (Wild Card).

  • 2009-04-12

    Won at ITF Monson Tournament in Spain, receiving USD75,000 in prize money.

  • 2008


    In April of 2008, Kimiko declared to take on a "New Challenge" in professional tennis.

  • 2008-03-15

    On March 15, 2008 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Kimiko won both singles exhibition matches against Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

  • 2004


    Kimiko ran a full marathon in London.

  • 2000


    During February 6-8, 2000, Kimiko was selected by Steffi Graf to play exhibition matches in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka as a part of Steffi's world tour to commemorate her retirement.

  • 1996


    In November of 1996, after losing to a 16-year old Martina Hingis at the Chase Championships, Kimiko retired from professional tennis. From 1994 to her retirement in 1996, Kimiko retained her top 10 rankings in the WTA. Her singles ranking at the time of her retirement was No. 9.

  • 1996-07-04

    In 1996 Fed Cup played at Ariake Coliceum, Kimiko made a big sensation by defeating Steffi Graf, the No. 1 player on the WTA Tour Rankings at the time. Kimiko met Steffi Graf in the semifinals at Wimbledon, and because the match could not be decided by sunset, it was carried over to the next day, but after 2 days of exciting close competition, the chance to proceed to the finals went to Steffi Graf.

  • 1995


    In November of 1995, Kimiko achieved her all-time highest WTA ranking, No. 4 in the world.

  • 1994


    After winning her first overseas tournament, NSW Open (Sydney) in 1994, Kimiko became the first Japanese player to rank in the top 10 of WTA Tour Rankings with the actual ranking being No. 9 in the world.

  • 1993


    In 1993, Kimiko played in the quarterfinals at US Open.

  • 1990


    Kimiko played in the fourth round at her first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open in 1990.

  • 1989


    Kimiko turned pro immediately after graduating from high school.

  • 1988


    Kimiko captured a triple-crown title by winning the singles, doubles, and team competitions in the National Inter-high-school Tennis Tournament in 1988 while a senior at Sonoda Gakuen High School in Hyogo Prefecture.

  • 1976


    Kimiko began playing tennis in 1976 when she entered elementary school.

  • 1970


    Kimiko made her grand debut in the world on September 28, 1970 in Kyoto.