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Henin retired in May 2008, and since then comtinually denied she was thinking of picking up a racquet again.

But since Kim Clijsters' return to the WTA Tour, and her victory at the US Open this month, speculation about Henin has intensified.

And in a television interview, she finally admitted she was making a come back.

"I was very impatient and I am really happy and profoundly moved to be able to announce this evening that I will return to competition very quickly," she said.

"I know it is surprising since, on May 14th 2008, I had put a definite end to my tennis career."

"But then there was a long personal journey, I think, in these last 15 months, which were enriching," she added.

Henin said: "I found out many more things about myself and all of this allowed me to concentrate and then there was a flame which lit up again, which I thought had been blown out forever, and little by little this desire to come back, to live things differently, with wisdom, more maturity and through sharing as well."

"Somewhere out there I was missing people and I want to relive this adventure with them"

BRUSSELS (AP)—Despite seven Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and more than two years as the world No. 1, Justine Henin wasn’t satisfied enough after calling it quits on a stellar tennis career.

Her retirement lasted 16 months.

On Tuesday, Henin said her desire to play and win again at the highest level was back, and she will return to the tour next year and compete in the Australian Open in January.

She wants to play at least until the 2012 London Olympics when she will be 30. By then, she hopes to have won Wimbledon—the only Grand Slam title missing on her resume that contains four French Open titles, two U.S. Opens and one Australian Open championship.

“I want to keep going at least until then,” she said of the London Games.

She already won singles gold at the Athens Games in 2004.

Never having won Wimbledon really stung when her memories drifted back on her achievements.

So when the adrenaline rush came a few months back, just about a year after she stunned the world with her “definitive decision” to retire, she asked fellow retiree Carlos Rodriguez, her coach, to give some thought to a comeback.

“I hope this is the beginning of a new adventure, again,” she said.

Without any regrets she’s leaving recreational skiing, some theater and television work behind.

“Adrenaline is part of my life, my existence. It is in my character,” she said.

The world better take notice after another comeback from retirement yielded fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters a U.S. open title within three tournaments.

Henin has even more motivation. Her timorous frame of 5 feet, 5 3/4 inches and 126 pounds is again lifting weights in the hope she’ll be able to compete with the game’s hulking power hitters.

She wants to play two exhibition tournaments, in Charleroi, Belgium, and Dubai, to hone her skills ahead of a competitive return at the Australian Open.

At 27, Henin says she has the fire and physical strength to compete for an eighth Grand Slam title.

She officially retired on May 14, 2008, initially rejecting any thought of a comeback with a dogged determination that had come to mark her play throughout a decade-long career.

It certainly is not too late for a comeback. As Clijsters has proved.

“Subconsciously, it might have had an impact,” Henin said of Clijsters’ successful comeback. “But it certainly was not the most important reason.”

Clijsters’ stunning return also proves the top of women’s tennis is not flush with extraordinary talent, increasing Henin’s chances of success. Like Clijsters, Henin has been able to rest her body to recover from nagging injuries and pain for more than a year.

The WTA Tour welcomed Henin with open arms.

“Justine is one of the great champions in the history of women’s tennis, and we, along with millions of her fans around the globe, are thrilled,” WTA Tour Chairman Stacey Allaster said. “Justine is that rare athlete who decided to step away from the game at the height of her powers, and no doubt she will be a force to be reckoned with from the get go.”
Updated 5 hours, 19



A French forum like this one on Justine Henin! 

Extremely Comprehensive! 

Over 880 plus pages long!

Judging from the length of the thread; she must have a lot of fans in France.

hm ... Justine sucks .... Serena is even worae


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