Justine Henin - A Champion Retires - Again

Jan 28, 2011 | Leslie Kollar | Health Musings
Justine Henin - A Champion Retires - Again

image by: Glenn Thomas

Perhaps it was that beautiful backhand that contributed to her final retirement

Justine Henin, former world number 1 ranked women’s tennis player has retired for the second and presumably last time. A nagging elbow ligament and joint injury from a fall at last year’s Wimbledon was made worse by her appearance in this year’s Australian Open. Of interest, Henin had opted for conservative rehabilitation over the past several months, as opposed to surgical intervention which in itself would have delayed her return to the tennis circuit.

The fiercely competitive Belgian took home the grand slam title four times from the French Open, twice from the U.S. Open and once from the Australian. She was a thing of beauty to watch on the court in an era of, as Mary Carillo puts it "Big Babe Tennis". The women of professional tennis have gotten bigger, stronger and more powerful than ever with the majority of them sending two-handed backhands flying like missiles.  

The 5'2" Justin Henin moved around the court with cat-like quickness, and her one-handed back hand had power, grace and precision equaled by none in the women's game. Henin retired suddenly in 2008, only to return to the game in 2010 with great success. Great tennis players play through pain and injury, and Henin has had her share, but it looks like this one will be the one to end the career.  

We will surely miss her grace on the tennis court.


Leslie Kollar has over 20 years of experience in the health care field in both the U.S. and Canada. She has worked professionally in medical offices and hospital administration, using her BA in Communications/Public Relations and MBA in Marketing. She has also seen the other side of the health care coin as a 15 year cancer survivor. As a survivor she is passionate that each and every person is and should be responsible for their own health - and with this passion she hopes to inspire, inform and educate through HealthWorldNet. Leslie can be reached at LK Communications [email protected]

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