Japan's Kimiko Date, the grande dame of women's tennis, bowed out of the sport after being thrashed 6-0, 6-0 by Aleksandra Krunic at the Japan Women's Open on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old, who retired in 1996 before making a comeback in April 2008, returned from a second knee operation in April this year and announced her home tournament in Japan would be her last.
"A lot of things were going through my head this morning but during the match I was just trying everything I could to win a game", said Date after taking just 13 points off her opponent."I just didn't have it physically". "It's sad now, but I'm sure you're very happy with what you achieved and what is ahead".
Miyu Kato won the all-Japanese showdown with Nao Hibino 6-3 6-4 while another home hope, Risa Ozaki, lost 6-1 7-5 to Poland's Magda Linette.