Justine Henin

Born Jun 1, 1982
Nationality Belgium Belgium

Justine Henin was born on 1st of June 1982 in France. She started to take interest in Tennis at the age of 2 and began taking lessons when she reached the age of 6. Her turning point came when she watched the 1992 Roland Garros final match between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf. She then told her mother that one day, she too, will win that tournament. Two years later, her mother passed away and this drove the young Henin to achieve her dreams.

After winning a handful of titles in the minor league, Henin became pro in the year 1999. Justine Henin is one of those female tennis players who had a very aggressive yet versatile style of playing. Commentators had spoken during her tournaments that she could hit all those basic shots raising it to an intense high level of technical capability. She always had those rare combinations of power which would allow victory at her hand. Tennis enthusiasts had compared her great skills and styles in tennis to that of Roger Federer’s. She was tagged as the female version of Roger Federer because of her phenomenal offense. Her single handed backhand was one of those superb and rare techniques on both men and women’s tennis.

Justine Henin had won 41 WTA single titles and garnered more than $19 million in prize money. She had her best years between 2002 and 2007 as she collected 7 Grand Slam titles – 4 in the French Open, 1 in the Australian Open and 2 in the US Open. She also brought home an Olympic gold in Athens and 27 more tour titles. In the year 2007, she captured 10 titles including Roland Garros, the US Open and Sony Ericsson Championships. She collected titles at Sydney and Antwerp in the beginning of 2008.

On May 14, 2008, Henin has announced her retirement from the world of tennis. She was 25 years old and ranked World No. 1 when she decided to step down and retire. Many fans were shocked and saddened of Henin’s decision. However, the skillful player mentioned that she has no regret in putting an end to her 20 years career in tennis, saying “This is the end of a child’s dream. This is a definitive decision. Those who know me know it is serious. I thought long about this. I started thinking about it late last year. I was at the end of the road. I leave with my head held high.” Henin added that she wants to concentrate on her charity and her tennis school at the same time.Although Henin did retire in 2008 while she was at the top of her game, she decided to return to the sport in 2010. She made her official return to the game when she joined the Brisbane International tournament that year, where she acquired a wildcard. The season proved to be a good one for somebody returning to the sport after being inactive for 2 years. Henin is currently at No. 12 as of October 11, 2010.

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