French Open women - 1st Round - Women

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
JapanK Date Krumm367--
Russian FederationD Safina645--

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  1. - - She was down 4-1 and needed treatment on her leg in that final set, but Date Krumm showed some magnificent powers of recovery. Safina naturally cuts a depressed figure after being two breaks up in that final set.

  2. 5-7 - And that is it! A sensational win for the 39-year-old. She makes a nonsense of her age to oust Safina. A tremendous victory.

  3. 5-6 - Date Krumm continues to battle hard. She is one game ahead. Safina to serve. 18 years after she was named the tour's most improved player, Date Krumm stands on the verge of one of her finest victories against the ninth seed.

  4. 5-5 - Safina shows her fighting qualities to resist a shock exit. Both women must be feeling the pace here.

  5. 4-5 - Date Krumm has needed treatment on what looks like a calf injury, but she has done remarkably well to peg Safina back. The Russian will serve to stay alive.

  6. 2-1 - Date Krumm is proving to a be a stubborn obstacle. She holds serve to trail by one.

  7. 2-0 - Safina moves two games ahead.

  8. 1-0 - Vital break for Safina. She has had back problems and lack of form heading in here, but that could be a key moment. She is one game up in this third set.

  9. 4-6 - Date takes the second set..this has been a dramatic turnaround here......she may be 15 years older than the Russian, but Date Krumm looks the more mobile player. We are heading for a deciding set.

  10. 4-5 - Date Krumm holds serve. She has Safina on the run here. A lovely drop shot left the Russian in no-mans land there. Will be fascinating to see how the number nine seed responds to her predicament. She will serve to stay in the second set.

  11. 4-4 - Date Krumm breaks back.....this has been a sensational effort by the Japanese player. Safina is clearly rattled.

  12. 4-3 - These two continue to trade games with Safina retaining the break. Will be interesting if Date Krumm can get back on break. She is continuing to provide enough potency on her groundstrokes to trouble Safina.

  13. 4-2 - Safina retains her advantage in this second set. Date Krumm will need to find a few winners from yesteryear if she is to avoid an early exit here.

  14. 3-2 - Date Krumm is refusing to go quietly in this match after reducing the gap. As long as she remains one game behind, she has a chance. She must hope Safina starts to tire in the heat.

  15. 3-1 - Date Krumm is proving stubborn opposition in this second set, but Safina holds serve. She leads 3-1.

  16. 2-1 - Date Krumm keeps in touch in this set. She reduces her arrears. Safina leads with a break, but Safina's power continues to be the dominant force in the match.

  17. 2-0 - Safina looks to be back in control of her match. She is two ahead and a break up.

  18. 1-0 - Safina opens the second set by breaking Date. She has made seven unforced errors compared to 17 by the Japanese player.

  19. 6-3 - Date Krumm had points for 5-4, but she can't make them. Safina halts the mini-losing streak to take the set.

  20. 5-3 - This set has undergone a bit of a transformation. Safina won the first five games, but has lost the next three. Can Date break for a second time?

  21. 5-2 - Safina throws in her worst game of the match to drop serve. Date remains in trouble in this set.

  22. 5-1 - Date punches the air as she claims her first game of the match. Safina will serve for the opening set.

  23. 5-0 - Safina continues her match towards the second round. Perhaps even a date with the second round, if you pardon the pun. The wheels are coming off Date here. She is not helped by a bandage that seems to be protecting a calf muscle.

  24. 4-0 - A big pulverising overhead smash enables Safina to break for a second time. Date looks a forlorn figure out there.

  25. 3-0 - Safina eases three games ahead. Date looking in a bit of trouble.

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  27. 2-0 - Safina breaks Date in the second game. The Russian is the heavier hitter of these two women..she is showing it in these opening exchanges.

  28. 1-0 - Safina towering over the veteran Date. She claims the opening game. Hard to believe Date, 39, reached the last four here in 1995.

Dinara Safina

Nationality RUS
Date of Birth 27/04/1986
Height 1.82 m
Weight 70 kg

Kimiko Date-Krumm

Nationality JPN
Date of Birth 28/09/1970
Height 1.63 m
Weight 53 kg

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