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Venus Williams (age 34) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (43) refresh U.S. Open
Venus Williams (age 34) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (43) refresh U.S. Open

The age-is-just-a-number cliche got a nice boost Monday at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Venus Williams, 34, struggled through a three-set match to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm, soon to be 44. No oxygen masks were needed. The players did not come out pushing walkers. There was no mandatory medical break so they could take their meds. Williams won, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, and it was no walk in the nursing home park. It was a David-and-Goliath mismatch that nearly had a David-and-Goliath outcome. You could almost sense every 40-and-over club player watching on TV, clenching fists in encouragement at every Date-Krumm comeback, every darting little sprint to another unlikely forehand or backhand...

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