- Title: VARIOUS: TENNIS - Henin set to end career, Belgian media reports
- Date: 15th May 2008
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (FILE - FEBRUARY 16, 2004) (REUTERS) JUSTIN HENIN IS GREETED IN ROYAL HALL KING ALBERT II AND PRIME MINISTER GUY VERHOFSTADT ARRIVING MEDIA KING ALBERT II PRESENTING JUSTINE HENIN WITH GRAND CROSS OF THE ORDER OF THE CROWN CAMERA OPERATORS JUSTIN HENIN AND KIM CLIJSTERS POSING WITH KING ALBERT II AND PRIME MINISTER GUY VERHOFSTADT
- Embargoed: 30th May 2008 13:00
- Topics: Sports
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- Story Text: World number one Justine Henin is set to announce her retirement from professional tennis, Belgian media reported on Wednesday (May 14).
The 25-year-old is due to make the announcement at a news conference at 1400 GMT, De Standaard daily said.
She has won seven grand slam singles crowns and took Olympic gold in Athens 2004. Wimbledon is the only grand slam tournament to have eluded her, with runner-up finishes in 2001 and 2006 her best results in London.
Henin suffered a surprise defeat in the third round of the German Open last week. She then withdrew from this week's Italian Open, citing fatigue.
Only last week Henin wrote on her Web site that she had been training without any problems and was injury free.
Despite her patchy form this season, Henin would be a favourite heading into this month's Roland Garros to win a fifth French Open crown.
Her retirement would come a year after compatriot and fellow former world number one Kim Clijsters walked away from the sport to start a family.
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