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Henin set to retire?

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posted May 14, 2008

This is unimmaginable! A sad day for women tennis indeed. Wish it's not true!

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted May 14, 2008

It looks like it is going to happen which is a real shame as she is the best womens tennis player. I suspect she will bow out at the French.

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posted May 14, 2008

Whilst not a huge fan of Henin there is no denying her talent and tenacity, especially through some of her troubles and illness.

I wouldn't expect instant retirement, logic says maybe retire at the French home of her greatest achievements though maybe she'll give that elusive Wimbledon title one more shot.

Sad day indeed for a true fighter who could always be relied upon to go all out and provide great matches.

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posted May 14, 2008

It's a shame she never managed to win Wimbledon and complete her otherwise impeccable record. Last year was her time, I felt. We lost Clijsters and re-lost Hingis last year, and now it's Henin. Yet, strangely, Davenport's still around.

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posted May 14, 2008

Indeed passingshot, it is a very sad day for womens tennis. We will hear more after the news conference.

She has had many personal problems outside tennis during her time and she likes to keep them private. So maybe we will not know the real reasons for her bowing out.

She will be missed.

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted May 14, 2008

As sad as this is it will certainly breed a new rivalry that is already forming because of their age and that is Sharapova and Ivanovic because they would be 1&2

Henin had many battles with all kinds of players and she will be missed as Clijsters was last year.

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comment by sheltec (U7618410)

posted May 14, 2008

That would be a shame if that happens. Henin is so important for the game.

I hope she changes her mind if thats at all true.

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posted May 14, 2008

Probably lost of motivation and tired of the constant travel.

In a year or two she'll miss it and make a comeback.

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posted May 14, 2008

I think these comments are all sad. Its clear she is an intelligent woman who can see past this phase of her life and wants to move on. Good for her. And its more dignified than a sad decline.

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posted May 14, 2008

This would be unfortunate if it happens and I thought she'd give it a couple more years. If Justine is going to finish then Rolland Garros would be a good place to do so.

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posted May 14, 2008

Well its really surprising.she says she has no injury problems...n she is without doubt the best women's player in the world right now..and shes only 25...i have no idea why she would want to retire! unless its some problem (maybe personal) that does she doesnt want to mention to the media..as for me yes im stunned.. i truly believe that if she continues till the age of 35 she could be the best womens player ever

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted May 14, 2008

I am wondering if it has something to do with her family not her health. She made up with them last year and missed a lot of contact over the years so may want to spend more time with them.

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posted May 14, 2008

She's a small woman who has forced her body to expand to the demands. It's no surprise then when it breaks down, and when she tires of the strain of keeping it there.

As a very outside shot, I hope it doesn't emerge that she did anything illegal to get the body to that point. I doubt it, but wouldn't think it implausible.

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posted May 14, 2008

She's preggers

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posted May 14, 2008

I'm in shock at the sudden-ness of it all .. she's my fav female player - has been for quite some time. My first thought too was that she's small compared to some of the 'amazons' on the women's circuit. I really hope it's just a break from the grind of the circuit rather than a complete retirement. That said though she may find it very difficult to come back from that break....

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted May 14, 2008

"As a very outside shot, I hope it doesn't emerge that she did anything illegal to get the body to that point. I doubt it, but wouldn't think it implausible."

I think that is a very sad statement with no substance.

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posted May 14, 2008

she knows that she cant compete with the new star of women's tennis

ana ivanovic bubbly

so a wise decision from henin ok

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posted May 14, 2008

I really wasn't expecting this!!!!! She obviously isn't enjoying it and maybe re-connecting with her estranged family means she no longer views tennis with the same importance. Not my favourite player to be honest but I can appreciate how good she was. Just her time to go I suppose.

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posted May 14, 2008

Its very unexpected if it is true but at the moment its still speculation. It would surprise me if she did retire because after all she's accomplished, surely she would be desperate to win Wimbledon.

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posted May 14, 2008

I think she is an amazing athlete and as mentioned above has the best back hand in the present womens game. Nobody can beat Steffie's backhand.

I think people better think carefully before accusing her of doing anything illegal to get such a well tonned body.

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posted May 14, 2008

I would careless, as long as Serena doesnt retire
Do you want her to start having a family in her 30's?
Go away Justine, retire, please, and goodluck in your planned things
Iam not shocked ,
I would be gutted if Serena left. I got a feeling Serena will now win the rest of the slams.Simply too talented !Arguably the best complete Tennis player since Graf, come on Serena!

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posted May 14, 2008

"she knows that she cant compete with the new star of women's tennis -
Ivanovic"

Pls do not try to bring in another debate now. Keep it for another time. biggrin

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posted May 14, 2008

passinghsot

sorry its an open forum and i will say what i want because im not breaking any rules
the person above was discussing serena and you said nothing to them so be consistent or say nothing doh

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posted May 14, 2008

How about instead of speculating (& some of the comments on here are ungenerous, to put it mildly) we wait for her news conference & see what she says,& also for a statement on her website.

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posted May 14, 2008

msFlossie. Would you really rate Steffi's backhand as superior to Henin's? My memories of Steffi are of her hit slice after slice backhand back to her opponent until she was ablt to unleash a massive forehand winner. Maybe that's a bit unfair, but I wouldn't have associated Graf as having one of the all time great backhands.

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comment by Ben (U1647575)

posted May 14, 2008

Does anyone else find it quite amusing that all the tennis experts said it would be the Williams sisters who had short careers and more balanced players such as Hingis, Davenport, Clijsters, Capriati, Mauresmo, Henin etc etc who would enjoy long lived success? - Yet V & S Williams have out lasted them all.......

Sad day for womens tennis if she does retire...... although personally I am not a fan of Henin anyway.

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posted May 14, 2008

She was obviously having a bad year by her standards. Her morale had dropped considerably. Im surprised she is deciding to retire at such a young age. Clearly she has been the most consistent player in the WTA for the past 4-5 years. She will not be considered a true great but she is/was a top player.

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posted May 14, 2008

I did say that she has the best back hand in modern day tennis and yes I do rate Staffie's back hand as great as she didn't only use it for slice after slice, she made many winners off it as well.

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posted May 14, 2008

GJ,
I know u are not breaking any rule and free to say as u like. Only trying to restrict the debate to the unfortunate news. My comment can easily be applied to others writing about serena or anyone else being better than Hennin.
It's unfortunate that some fans of other players are rejoicing about the news already and are happy that she will no longer be around to stop/trouble their favourite players from winning all that is available!
Shouldn't every good lover of the game be gutted that one of the game's greats is retiring prematurely?

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posted May 14, 2008

Some wacky rumors flying around. To be honest I think thatís all they are. However if I am proven wrong, I surely hope she doesn't retire too soon. Sheís such a wonderful player to watch and has such a good arsenal of shots. The game would miss her indeed. In my honest opinion I donít think she will retire, things Justine said are just getting blown out of proportion. Let us wait and see what she has to say in her interview.

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comment by PimBo (U1657321)

posted May 14, 2008

msFlossie:

it is beyond me how you can compare Graf's backhand to Henin's...
If Graf would have had a good backhand, let alone a world class one, Seles would not have beaten her so often. Graf I think was the best athlete, had one of the best forehands, and one of the better tennis minds. Her topspin backhand she only hit in training and in matches when not under pressure. Maybe I should not react any more to the lack of technical and historical knowledge on this forum...

Back to the article: Henin has been through more in her short life than literally ANY of the top players, male or female. I wish her luck and do hope she is not suffering from yet another illness.

In personality she is very mature, a cut above all the rest of the top females, most of whom I consider spoilt shallow brats (and who could blame them for that in the crazy world they live in).

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posted May 14, 2008

Fair enough msFlossie. I take your point. You don't win 22 grand slams with any weak stroke I'm sure - just that Graf is normally more lauded for her forehand.

And now back on topic again for passingshot...

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posted May 14, 2008

'Nice article by Justin Gimelstob'

He talks as if she has already retired ghost

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comment by U11188452

posted May 14, 2008

I said that on a few occasions -- Henin would play no part in any future GSs, including FO, after her defeat here in Berlin to Safina.

It is sad news, but I think it is the right and courageous decision for her to take -- to leave the game as no-1, since she knows that her results can only get worse if she continue to play which is surly not something a great champion desires.

It was a pity I missed chance to whatch her live in Berlin, since I only reserved tickets for the quarters which she failed to reach.

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posted May 14, 2008

ms, thanks for this. It's very interesting.

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comment by Dev (U8304136)

posted May 14, 2008

Its sad ture sadface

However no one has lasted long as Mary Pierce talkng about lasting long, she is expeced to play for France @ the olyimpics I hear.

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posted May 14, 2008

Strange to see that article by Justin Gimelstob published (on the internet) even before Henin has held her press conference. Maybe Gimelstob knows something that a lot of other people don't. But I wouldn't count any chickens just yet.

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posted May 14, 2008

Pimbo, we all have our heros in tennis. I am deeply sorry Justin is going to retire as I am a huge fan, I love her backhand. I was at the final when she played Venus and loved watching her.

I loved watching Steffi too and I liked the way she used her backhand to great effect so can we please just drop the subject now.

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comment by Snape (U3018951)

posted May 14, 2008

The Americans do that a lot because of the time difference, a lot are still tucked up in bed some won't know till they get up. I can see why he did it.

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posted May 14, 2008

I really hope Justine does not retire, She is a class act. Belgian tennis has lost Kim and now Justine. The other Belgian lady like Kirsten Flipkens is no where near the top 50 at the moment, and as for the men - Malisse, Rochus brothers - are top 20 but not really top 10 material, mind you they are good doubles players.

Apart from injury problems, professional tennis is even more demanding because of the tour - travel, hotels, airports, restaurant foods, absent from home and family events etc. Perhaps that may also tempt her to retire - assuming the rumours are true.

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posted May 14, 2008

Pimbo ok. I can't believe Henin's tennis has declined enough to rule her out of slam contention since last year's all-conquering spell pre-Wimbledon.

Women's tennis needs Justine more than any other player, or pair of players.

The WTA is left with a clutch of grunting, screeching and shrieking power players chasing the victor's spoils.

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posted May 14, 2008

"Am i the only person who is stunned by this news?"

Yes!

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posted May 14, 2008

If there's any truth in this I can't see her opting for 'immediate' retirement. She'd want one last crack at Wimbledon, surely, and with the Olympics this year that would be a more reasonable time to bow out, also giving her a chance to say farewell to the Roland Garros crowd, which I'm sure both she and they would appreciate.

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comment by U11188452

posted May 14, 2008

Justine wants to leave when she is on top -- a sign of a true champion which is unprecedented in WTA. She knows better than all posters here about her chances to win another GS -- if she still believes she can win the FO 2008, then there is no doubt she will play there.

She has no intention to following the footsteps of many great no-1s -- retiring when their ranking dropped so low and their performamce so poor which only damaged the reputations of those champions.

Leave the game when you are still on top -- wisdom!

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posted May 14, 2008

Jeff_Aitch this is what is said on Belgium tele:

Wednesday afternoon at 4 Justine will anounce her retirement of the tennissport she will stop immediately,

after losing in Berlin she immediately cancelled Rome< belgium loses in one year two of his biggest tennisstars Hennin and Clijsters.


so it is unfortuately true! sorry

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posted May 14, 2008

She may be getting bored with the competition and desire to do other things - coach, charity work, university, business, marry and start a family etc. She already has a tennis academy and is well known for her charity work - so there is lots to do post-tennis. She is still young and has time for a full second career - so all the best to her.

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posted May 14, 2008

Okay it is sad and all that but, she can always return like Hingis and Davenport. I cannot wait to find out her reasons, possibilities are endless

I have a list

1. Injury
2. Spend time with family
3. Pregnant to start a family
4. Lose of motivation needs a break
5. I think Mac the Knife alluded to it and got promptly shot down. We know deals are struck with Federations etc and anyone who follows sports will know that when certain facts amerge, a respected personality like Henin would be given a choice and course of action to take. I AM NOT POINTING THE FINGER OR MAKING ANY ACCUSATIONS BUT IT IS WORTH THINKING ABOUT.

IMO I think th ecomment she made about being a woman and thinking about the future was poignant. So I would hope it is the 3 speculative reason. She seems to have got her life in order, so she deserves a happy personal life.

Allez Justine.




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posted May 14, 2008

She is a very private person and even it were something personal, she will not be broadcasting it to the world. It was only when she went back to her maiden name that it came out that she was divorced, no mention had previously been made.

It can't have been an easy decision for her to have to make especially as TLKF saw on a website that it is with immediate effect.

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posted May 14, 2008

"as a woman, as you get older, you need to think about the future." Do you think this may lean towards option number 3 rafa?

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