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Tennis ace Henin set to quit

The world's top ranked female player is set to retire.

    Justine Henin has allegedly been suffering
    from fatigue [GALLO/GETTY]
    Belgian newspapers are reporting that Justine Henin is set to quit professional tennis.

    The 25-year-old Henin, the top-ranked player in the world, will make the announcement Wednesday, Het Nieuwsblad reported.

    "For a while now the Belgium's Number One in the world has been having problems with fatigue and getting into her game," the report stated.

    This year she lost to Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

    Last week she was ousted from the Berlin Open in the third round and this week she pulled out of the Italian Open.

    Henin's retirement will come a year after Belgium's Kim Clijsters said farewell to competitive tennis.

    Clijsters has since married and become a mother.

    Henin's rise to the top began in the mid-1990s.

    Despite a troubled personal life, her mother died in 1995, her father did not speak to her for eight years and she divorced in 2007, Henin won an Olympic gold medal, and took the title of every major tournament except Wimbledon.

    Her top year was 2007 when she earned more than $5 million, winning 63 of her 67 matches in 10 tournaments, including two Grand Slams.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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