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Justine Henin

Justine Henin
Personal information
NameJustine Henin
ResidenceBrussels, Belgium
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5.8 in)
Turned pro1 January 1999
Retired14 May 2008
Return: 4 January 2010 Retirement: 26 January 2011
PlaysRight handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize moneyUS$20,863,335 (7th in all-time rankings)
Career record525 115 (82.03%)
Career titles43 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1 (20 October 2003)
Grand Slam results
Australian OpenW (2004)
French OpenW (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
WimbledonF (2001, 2006)
US OpenW (2003, 2007)
Major tournaments
WTA ChampionshipsW (2006, 2007)
Olympic GamesGold medal (2004)
Career record47 35
Career titles2 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 1

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Justine Henin (born 1 June 1982), formerly known as Justine Henin-Hardenne (2002 2007), is a retired professional Belgian tennis player and former World No. 1.

Henin won 43 WTA singles titles and seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Open titles, one Australian Open title, and two US Open titles. She has also won the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships twice and the singles gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Tennis experts cite her mental toughness, the completeness and variety of her game, her footspeed and footwork, and her one-handed backhand (which John McEnroe has described as the best single-handed backhand in the women's or men's game) as the principal reasons for her success.

Critics and all-time-great players have made testament to Henin's talent. Upon Henin's first retirement from the WTA in the early part of the 2008 season, Billie Jean King said that "pound for pound, Henin is the best tennis player of her generation." as well as that "Justine is the best women's athlete I've ever seen." Andre Agassi said of Henin, "Justine Henin is one of the most talented women ever to have played the game of tennis." In 2007, 18 time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova said that "She is head and shoulders above everyone else right now." John McEnroe concurred, saying that Henin is "The player I most like to watch." Henin made a return to the WTA in early 2010, losing the final of the Australian Open in only her 2nd tournament back.

On 26 January 2011, she announced that she had been forced to retire from professional tennis once again because of an elbow injury.

In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time.

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