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Date-Krumm advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon

Tuesday - 6/25/2013, 8:29am  ET

Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan plays a shot to Carina Witthoeft of Germany during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) -- Playing an opponent less than half her age, veteran Japanese player Kimiko Date-Krumm needed just 44 minutes to defeat German teenager Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Date-Krumm is the second oldest player to have won a match at Wimbledon after Martina Navratilova, who was 47 when she reached the second round in 2004.

The 18-year-old Witthoeft was making her Grand Slam debut.

The former No. 4-ranked Date-Krumm reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1996, a few months after Witthoeft celebrated her first birthday.

Witthoeft struggled with her first serve and was broken six times by Date-Krumm, who came out of retirement in 2008.

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