Veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm's memorable run at Wimbledon came to a shuddering halt on Saturday after the 42-year-old was blasted out of the third round by defending champion Serena Williams.
Williams, bidding for a 17th Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon crown, needed just over an hour to win 6-2, 6-0 against Date-Krumm, the oldest woman singles player to reach the third round at Wimbledon since the start of the Open era in 1968.
The result extends Williams' career-best winning streak to 34 matches and sets up a last-16 meeting with 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki.
It also compounded a miserable day for Japanese tennis after Kei Nishikori's bid to reach the last 16 for the first time ended with 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4 to Italy's Andreas Seppi.
Tropical storm Fung-wong is moving northward over waters east of Taiwan and is set to approach the Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa early Monday. (NHK)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to continue constructive dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and study the possibility of his visit to Japan. (NHK)
Two of Japan's small opposition parties merged and launched a new political party Sunday, the country's third largest, in a bid to stir political realignment. (Kyodo)
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
The identities of 35 dementia sufferers were unknown in 26 municipalities across the nation at the end of May, according to the government's first nationwide survey of such persons. (The Japan News)
Japanese parents watched with glee on Sunday as sumo wrestlers tried to reduce their babies to tears, in a centuries-old ritual believed to bring good health to bawling infants. (Japan Today)
The organizers of the coming ninth Rome Film Festival said Saturday that they will give the Maverick Director Award, a special prize, to Japanese director Takashi Miike. (Japan Times)
Two vending machines were torched and the money taken from them in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on Saturday morning, bringing to 19 the number of vending machines which have been destroyed by fire in the area since Sept 15. (Japan Today)
Police in Tokyo said Friday they are looking for a man who sprayed a 17-year-old girl with a liquid resembling paint thinner as she walked home on Wednesday night-the third such incident to occur in the area since last month. (Japan Today)
A computer programmer has admitted to killing dozens of cats in Tokyo's Ota Ward, saying he had become enraged by all the strays that had gathered in the neighborhood, police said Sept. 18. (Asahi)
A Tokyo man who was so stoned that he fell off his bike became the first bicyclist in Japan arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of "dappo" (law-evading) drugs, police said. (Asahi)
Police in Saitama said Thursday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for fatally stabbing his 39-year-old wife. (Japan Today)
A 61-year-old truck driver has been arrested after he hit a group of elementary school children in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, killing one 9-year-old girl and injuring two other children, aged 8 and 9. (Japan Today)
White smoke rose from under Tokyo Station's No. 22 platform Wednesday morning, suspending Shinkansen bullet train services. (The Japan News)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday arrested an organized crime member in the bust of a business in Shinjuku Ward that sold illegal pornographic DVDs, reports AV Asahi (Sept. 17). (Tokyo Reporter)