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Wimbledon, it feels like old times

Saturday - 6/29/2013, 6:55pm  ET

Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan after winning their Women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

AP National Writer

LONDON (AP) -- Kimiko Date-Krumm remembers the good ol' days, when she used to shop in the morning, then go play tennis at night.

Those days are over -- at least the shopping part.

At 42 years young, Date-Krumm is still out there, leading the way in what is turning into quite a renaissance for the aging set this tennis season, and at Wimbledon this week.

"When I was young, even during the tournament, I had energy for the shopping, but now I have no energy for that," Date-Krumm said Saturday, shortly after she became the oldest woman to play a third-round match at Wimbledon in the 45-year Open era.

She fell 6-2, 6-0 to the tournament's top thirty-something, Serena Williams.

In all, nine of the 32 players remaining for the second week of Wimbledon will be 30 or over, tying the Wimbledon Open-era record for the fourth round, last reached in 1975. Not among those nine: 31-year-old Roger Federer, the seven-time champion, who exited early, but upon leaving, said "I still have plans to play for many more years to come."

As of this week, the average age of the top 20 players on the men's tour is 27 years, 260 days -- more than 2
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