Former No. 1 Justine Henin has announced her retirement from professional tennis — again.
On Wednesday Henin announced her retirement from professional tennis due to a career-ending elbow injury she initially received last year at Wimbledon. Henin retired from the sport for the first time in March 2008 and became the first woman in the history of professional tennis to retire while ranked No. 1. She made a successful comeback to tennis at the beginning of the 2010 season, reaching the final of the 2010 Australian Open and capturing two titles (Stuttgart and ‘s-Hertogenbosch).
During a fourth-round loss to Kim Clijsters at 2010 Wimbledon, Henin suffered a right elbow injury and did not play for the remainder of the 2010 season.
“I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life,” Henin said on her website. “What a wonderful trip, I have experienced during all these years. Today I am calmer and I can create positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life…Finally and most importantly, thanks everyone. Thanks for standing by my side during all these years. I will never forget your support and your loyalty.”
Henin was scheduled to team with Kim Clijsters in a couple weeks, hosting the U.S. in the first round of the 2011 Fed Cup.
Henin is a winner of 43 WTA singles titles — including seven Grand Slam championships — and has been ranked No. 1 for a total of 117 weeks (7th all time). She has amassed more than $20 million in career prize money and is leaving the sport with a win-loss record of 527-116.
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