Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Adieu Justine

Suddenly and shockingly, Justine Henin (25), the number one ranked female tennis player, retired from tennis less than two weeks away from the French Open. "I gave the sport all I have and took everything it could give me" said Henin during her press conference in Belgium. Henin retires having won 41 career titles including 7 Grand Slam singles titles. The only Grand Slam title to elude the 5'5'' Belgian was Wimbledon where she finished as the runner up in both 2001 and 2006.

Henin was one of my favorite players to watch. Despite her small and slender frame, she was able to strike a powerful one handed backhand and dash around the court with the tenacity of a bulldog. The tennis world will miss one hell of a competitor.


Jen Shin said...

did she say why she was retiring? 25 is still pretty young. it's so interesting to think that for sports stars, one wrong move/injury can actually put an end to your whole career, even if you're super young.

Anonymous said...

She was my favorite women tennis player. Who will win the French now?

Surely not Federer.