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Henin-Hardenne Hits Sunshine State

Henin-Hardenne Hits Sunshine State

Photo By Siggi Bucher By Tennis Week
02/24/2005

Justine Henin-Hardenne is slathering on the sun screen and will be sweating out training sessions on the court in Saddlebrook this week. The former No. 1 left Belgium to begin training in Saddlebrook, Florida for a possible return to tournament tennis during the upcoming American swing of the WTA Tour.
The 15th-ranked Henin-Hardenne, who was prevented from defending her Australian Open title last month when a knee injury knocked her out of the season's first Slam, reports that her knee is pain free. While she has not yet set an official date for her comeback, Henin-Hardenne has been training in Belgium and the move to Florida may be a sign she's strongly considering returning to the WTA Tour to defend her Pacific Life Open title in Indian Wells next month.

"It’s true that my training goes well. I don’t feel any pain in my knee anymore," the Olympic gold medallist told her official web site Henin-Hardenne.be."Now it’s time to prepare myself in Saddlebrook."

The three-time Grand Slam champion sustained a "minor fracture of the bone in the right knee" during practice last month that forced her to pull out of the Australian Open.

Henin-Hardenne, who frequently trains in Saddlebrook in the off season, has not played a match since losing to Nadia Petrova, 6-3, 6-2, in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last September. A viral infection called cytomegalovirus that sapped her strength limited Henin-Hardenne to nine tournaments in 2004. She won five of the nine events she entered and posted a 35-4 record.

She did not target a definitive date for her return, but Henin-Hardenne vowed to be fully fit when she does launch her comeback.

"It’s hard for me to say when and where I’ll make my comeback in the competition," Henin-Hardenne said. "But I’ll certainly make sure that I’m in the best shape I can be. The most important thing for me is to be back on the courts and to be able to do what I like most: tennis."

Widely respected as one of the fittest and hardest-working players on the WTA Tour, Henin-Hardenne has said her heavy workload on and off court contributed to "burnout".

"It was more than a viral infection. I think it was a burnout," Henin-Hardenne last month in comments reprinted by Reuters. "In 2003, I played so many matches and worked so hard that I really never stopped playing, never took a break. This kind of thing happens to all of us."
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This is great news! Thanks for sharing!
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Definitely good news!

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Finally good news!
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"It was more than a viral infection. I think it was a burnout," Henin-Hardenne last month in comments reprinted by Reuters. "In 2003, I played so many matches and worked so hard that I really never stopped playing, never took a break. This kind of thing happens to all of us."

Justine! Call up Tracy Austin FAST! Let her tell you what burn out is all about! I'm glad she realizes what it was and isn't in denial. I'm thinking that match with Capriati in 2003 took too much out of her (and Capriati who hasn't recovered from it either I think).

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It's going to be hard for her.

Is she starts losing matches, she will lose faith and confidence.

She looks more vulnerable than Kim, who just seems to play.

So long they are not called Williams Kim should do just fine.
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I miss Justine so much..
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It will be so good to see her back and winning again.
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Henin-Hardenne Hits Sunshine' face!!!

Poor sunshine...Hope she hit her back...

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Can't wait to see you play again Justine!!

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It will be good to see her back.

Interesting about the burn out comment. She did play (and train) too much in 2003. It made her stronger both physically and mentally, and she did win those majors, but it came at a price. She essentially lost an entire year. Hope she can balance it all now.
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I pray that the tour returns to order...with the likes of Venus, Serena, Kim, Justine, Jen and Lindsay...back on top...

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