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nicky
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:50 PM
Breaking news on the radio: Justine retires again, due to the elbow injury.
Didn't expect this (not yet at least).
link (in dutch): http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/tennis/110126_Justine_Henin_stopt


:hug: to all her fans. I know how gutted I'd feel if it were my favorite...

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:50 PM
..What...What?

Julian.
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:51 PM
:eek:

WTF??

Just Do It
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:51 PM
:eek:

Joana
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Uhm, OK. This makes total sense.

Diesel
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Serious?

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:52 PM
http://www.lesoir.be/sports/tennis/2011-01-26/justine-henin-arrete-sa-carriere-817738.php

:help:

Julian.
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Translation:

Justine Henin stops playing tennis again
Belga

Wed 26/01/2011 - 15:39 Justine Henin (28) has put an end to her career. She does this by continuing problems with her elbow. Last week at the Australian Open she was eliminated in the third round. Henin last year was her second career start.

-Sonic-
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
wow, that was short and sweet :-s

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Dear all,

I address my letter to you because this is currently the best way to express meself, I now experience very difficult times. I have unfortunately not good news. I spent the last days undergoing various medical tests and they have confirmed that my elbow has been damaged by my adventure in Australia.

After my crash at Wimbledon in June, I knew it would be difficult to come back. But I had decided to keep playing and to give everything to overcome the injury. In these recent months I have rarely been spared from the pain, those last months were very hard. Time has passed, and the doubts have grown, and only return to the courts would give me answers. Not the answer I was hoping for... unfortunately. I suffered a lot the last week and every day gave me more and more pain, but I believed that my will would take the upper hand. Today, the examinations are clearly and and the doctors formally, my elbow is too fragile and hurt so that my passion and my profession at high level cannot continue to exist.

I’m in shock, of course, even whith the work of these past seven months I had to understand that there might be a reason for all this. After having well considered and following the advice of doctors, it is now clear and I accept that my career here ... ... finally ends. Even though it’s hard, very hard, while I came back with a tremendous fighting spirit.

I’m sorry ... I had hoped for a different return and dreamed of a different ending. I will need time to process all this, but I remain convinced that even with little progress, my level with my return did not meet my expectations, despite everything I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 months.

I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life ... What a wonderful trip, I have experience during all these years. Today I’m calmer and I can create a positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life.

I would never have reached this level all alone, and I insist to thank all persons who sticked with me during adventures. My coach and my friend Carlos, my family, my friends, my whole team, all those who helped me when it was hard and have shared in my joy. Thank you to my partners for the confidence they have given me, for their support in all circumstances. Thanks to my medical staff who, these last months, were always available and always with great professionalism there for me.

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. And if I only regret one thing, this would be that I’ve protected myself too hard and that I couldn’t stand closer to you.

I hope you will forgive me my clumsiness and a wonderful reminder of shared emotions will keep them together.

On the way to new adventures ...

See you soon, anywhere ...

Justine

Caralenko
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Fuck you Wimbledon R4. :sobbing:

Uranus
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:54 PM
OMG :eek: :bigcry:

I'm going to translate the letter she wrote to announce it.

EDIT: done already :lol:.

Summer_Snow
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:56 PM
OMG!!!! Has a sense it's coming but didnt expect it this soon!!

Sad T_T

Julian.
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Dear all,

I address my letter to you because this is currently the best way to express meself, I now experience very difficult times. I have unfortunately not good news. I spent the last days undergoing various medical tests and they have confirmed that my elbow has been damaged by my adventure in Australia.

After my crash at Wimbledon in June, I knew it would be difficult to come back. But I had decided to keep playing and to give everything to overcome the injury. In these recent months I have rarely been spared from the pain, those last months were very hard. Time has passed, and the doubts have grown, and only return to the courts would give me answers. Not the answer I was hoping for... unfortunately. I suffered a lot the last week and every day gave me more and more pain, but I believed that my will would take the upper hand. Today, the examinations are clearly and and the doctors formally, my elbow is too fragile and hurt so that my passion and my profession at high level cannot continue to exist.

I’m in shock, of course, even whith the work of these past seven months I had to understand that there might be a reason for all this. After having well considered and following the advice of doctors, it is now clear and I accept that my career here ... ... finally ends. Even though it’s hard, very hard, while I came back with a tremendous fighting spirit.

I’m sorry ... I had hoped for a different return and dreamed of a different ending. I will need time to process all this, but I remain convinced that even with little progress, my level with my return did not meet my expectations, despite everything I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 months.

I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life ... What a wonderful trip, I have experience during all these years. Today I’m calmer and I can create a positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life.

I would never have reached this level all alone, and I insist to thank all persons who sticked with me during adventures. My coach and my friend Carlos, my family, my friends, my whole team, all those who helped me when it was hard and have shared in my joy. Thank you to my partners for the confidence they have given me, for their support in all circumstances. Thanks to my medical staff who, these last months, were always available and always with great professionalism there for me.

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. And if I only regret one thing, this would be that I’ve protected myself too hard and that I couldn’t stand closer to you.

I hope you will forgive me my clumsiness and a wonderful reminder of shared emotions will keep them together.

On the way to new adventures ...

See you soon, anywhere ...

Justine

Joana
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:56 PM
I expected this, but at a later time, say, by the end of the season. Not now.

Oh well. This comeback was obviously not meant to be. I'll just keep pretending she retired for good in May 2008.

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Dear all,

I address my letter to you because this is currently the best way to express meself, I now experience very difficult times. I have unfortunately not good news. I spent the last days undergoing various medical tests and they have confirmed that my elbow has been damaged by my adventure in Australia.

After my crash at Wimbledon in June, I knew it would be difficult to come back. But I had decided to keep playing and to give everything to overcome the injury. In these recent months I have rarely been spared from the pain, those last months were very hard. Time has passed, and the doubts have grown, and only return to the courts would give me answers. Not the answer I was hoping for... unfortunately. I suffered a lot the last week and every day gave me more and more pain, but I believed that my will would take the upper hand. Today, the examinations are clearly and and the doctors formally, my elbow is too fragile and hurt so that my passion and my profession at high level cannot continue to exist.

I’m in shock, of course, even whith the work of these past seven months I had to understand that there might be a reason for all this. After having well considered and following the advice of doctors, it is now clear and I accept that my career here ... ... finally ends. Even though it’s hard, very hard, while I came back with a tremendous fighting spirit.

I’m sorry ... I had hoped for a different return and dreamed of a different ending. I will need time to process all this, but I remain convinced that even with little progress, my level with my return did not meet my expectations, despite everything I’ve learned a lot over the past 15 months.

I turn, and this time, an incredible page of my life ... What a wonderful trip, I have experience during all these years. Today I’m calmer and I can create a positive and rewarding look back on this experience in my life.

I would never have reached this level all alone, and I insist to thank all persons who sticked with me during adventures. My coach and my friend Carlos, my family, my friends, my whole team, all those who helped me when it was hard and have shared in my joy. Thank you to my partners for the confidence they have given me, for their support in all circumstances. Thanks to my medical staff who, these last months, were always available and always with great professionalism there for me.

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. And if I only regret one thing, this would be that I’ve protected myself too hard and that I couldn’t stand closer to you.

I hope you will forgive me my clumsiness and a wonderful reminder of shared emotions will keep them together.

On the way to new adventures ...

See you soon, anywhere ...

Justine

....I will never blame you :sad:
Great, this day couldn't get any worse.

And the worst part is, I didn't get to see you in Melbourne this year :sobbing: :tears:

Slutati
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:57 PM
Not surprised at all. This comeback was such a huge disappointment for everyone, she shouldn't have come back in the first place.

Now find something that makes you happy and live your life, Juju. :hug:

pigam
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:57 PM
I'm just so sad.
Esecially because it's because of an injury.
She must be gutted. It wasn't meant to be. So sad :sad:

Polikarpov
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:57 PM
I was expecting her to retire if she doesn't win Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year. But still pretty surprising.

tsmile789
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:58 PM
Well she was gonna retire after 2012 Olympic anyways...

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:58 PM
What the hell..........................

Mary Cherry.
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:58 PM
I have a feeling this will outshadow whatever happens at the AO now. I wanted her to win Wimbledon :sad:

Njalle
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:59 PM
There's no way this can be right! If it is true, she never should've returned! But all the best in the future, Jie Heng!

Boreas
Jan 26th, 2011, 01:59 PM
She just can't make up her mind, can she?

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:00 PM
Justine :sobbing: WHY IS EVERYONE LEAVING THE TOUR!?!? :hysteric: :hysteric: For Goodness sake my signature is still in tribute to Elena's retirement. :Sobbing:

bandabou
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:01 PM
:eek: :bolt: So Kim DID end Juju's career. Kinda sad...but expected. She lost me for a while after ' 03 RG, but she was a great champ.

hablo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:03 PM
It's the right decision for Juju.

She should have stayed retired in the first place.

Commiserations to her fans.

Brena
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Oh no, don't do that! :sobbing:

Convoluted
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Well that was quick

Craigy
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:05 PM
Wow, I'm almost as shocked as the first time. :sobbing:

It's a shame an injury had to end it for her, tough break.

LightsOut!
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:05 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Steff_forever
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:05 PM
omg :sad:

MiiMo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:06 PM
Expected. Be Happy Justine :)

Mary Cherry.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:06 PM
It even made Sky Sports News. Wow :sobbing:

Sergius
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:06 PM
:eek:
I could see this coming if she wouldn't win Wimbledon this year but now
:hug: to all her fans

madmax
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:07 PM
oh well...
She was a great player and had a nice career anyway. This decision was coming from miles away, seeing her struggling on court and losing to all sorts of mugs. One less "elite" player on the tour then

Vincey!
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Sucks for her, I think she's quiting quite easily again, she should take more time off and wait untill she's really ready to play, if she her elbow was not ready for the AO, why playing it :shrug:

Ksenia.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Whoa. I have mixed feeling. It is sad but as some people said this comeback should've never taken place.

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:07 PM
Really blows for her fans. :hug: I find it quite charming how she asks forgiveness to her fans because she was "clumsy", I think it shows this is a very tough decision for her.

Should've never played at the AO, it was too soon apparently. All the best.

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
I'm more shocked than the first time :sobbing: It's just such a random context. She comes back for one proper tournament and she's out again. :hysteric: Her loss to Sveta wasn't even that bad, her 2r was pretty good... but I guess that's irrelevant if her injury is (basically) very long term. :tears:

Caralenko
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Sucks for her, I think she's quiting quite easily again, she should take more time off and wait untill she's really ready to play, if she her elbow was not ready for the AO, why playing it :shrug:

I don't think you understand the injury. The way to treat it is surgery, which requires atleast 2 years recovery and even then it's doubtful she'd be able to play tennis again. Justine tried to give it 6 months of healing time and see if it improved or if she could play through the pain and hit a wall.

goldenlox
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Thats too bad. I didnt know her elbow was that bad.

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
Sucks for her, I think she's quiting quite easily again, she should take more time off and wait untill she's really ready to play, if she her elbow was not ready for the AO, why playing it :shrug:

Her elbow is never going to heal unless she has surgery.
If she had surgery, I think it was career-ending.

It was never going to be a win-win situation.

Mynarco
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
:o

Love-seles
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Wow i thought Kim would retire before Justine. i was shocked to read Kim's goal is to play for 4 more years if she can. this came out of no where. i thought 2012 was her last year. but anything can happen. she can't be happy at the moment with the current leg problem. please stick around for at least 2 more years Kim!

Elwin.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Didn't see this coming.
Have a great life Justine :hug:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Wow I am quite shocked :speakles:

Unlike last time, now I can actually say that I will miss you Justine , somewhat (watching the semifinal line up in AO, I certainly do!).

Now go work the runways in milan :hearts:

http://i54.tinypic.com/1059lap.jpg

benbest
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:09 PM
didn't she made a comeback before the injury happened?

sad news

wish her all the best

RenaSlam.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:10 PM
We will miss you, Enna.

tennnisfannn
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:10 PM
I have often thought her return was little premature, she left coz she had had enough and I suspect she came back because Kim achieved overnight success- not in a bad way, but kim left because she was pregnant not fed up and had tremendously underachieved. Two different scenarios,
I have been expecting a big retirement announcement and that from Venus or sadly even serena but not Justine, not now anyway.
Hopefully she will be sorted out healthwise coz she is now unsatisfied with her second stint at tennis which is enough to give her nightmares and inspire her to get back.
Justine will be sorley missed, I am so glad I got to see her in person and even got an autograph.
Tennis loses once again.

ZODIAC
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:10 PM
I will miss her especially with the semis we have in Australia now.

pedropt
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:11 PM
:eek:

I'm not a fan but I will definitely miss her, she's a top player after all.

Serenus Christ
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:11 PM
oh my

BepaMaria
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:11 PM
I'm really shocked by Justine's sudden departure. Didnt expect her to retire that early. She will be dearly missed and her retirement will be a big loss for the game. Claycourter must be crying right now.

spartanfan
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:11 PM
See what bad karma she created for herself with the hand incident?
And it's not even my birthday. :)

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:11 PM
didn't she made a comeback before the injury happened?

sad news

wish her all the best

Her comeback: 2010 was her "transition year".
2010 was however ended with her elbow injury @ Wimbledon.

And.............................................. :tears:

jimbo mack
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Oh well whatever..

at least she added a grandslam final and a title in stuttgart to her career achievements

coolbird2
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Aww good luck to you Justine.

young_gunner913
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Bye. :wavey:

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:12 PM
See what bad karma she created for herself with the hand incident?
And it's not even my birthday. :)

..................Dude have a bit of respect. You don't have to fucking like her, and if you wanna thrash her, do it elsewhere.
Don't be coming in here hauling in shit.

Droolv
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:13 PM
:speakles:

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:13 PM
WTA is like Survivor now. :hysteric: Who is next to retire?

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:14 PM
:speakles:

masha122
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:15 PM
unfortunatly from the first day when she made her comeback i knew that something like that will happen :(

hope for the best in her new life

flareon
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:15 PM
Justine :sad: good luck!!!

coolbird2
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:15 PM
I have often thought her return was little premature, she left coz she had had enough and I suspect she came back because Kim achieved overnight success- not in a bad way, but kim left because she was pregnant not fed up and had tremendously underachieved. Two different scenarios,
I have been expecting a big retirement announcement and that from Venus or sadly even serena but not Justine, not now anyway.
Hopefully she will be sorted out healthwise coz she is now unsatisfied with her second stint at tennis which is enough to give her nightmares and inspire her to get back.
Justine will be sorley missed, I am so glad I got to see her in person and even got an autograph.
Tennis loses once again.

I think that one is coming soon :sad::sad: Her body just seems to be letting her down. And as for Serena god only knows all this trouble from stepping on some glass.

Brena
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:15 PM
Now Kim can get pregnant again, the WS can retire due to injuries, and Caro can finally rule the world.

tsmile789
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:16 PM
I guess it's what's meant to be, but I have a feeling that Venus would retire soon, mayb after this season??? She won't be able be bare till the olympics, She's so fragile now, getting injuries every now and than...and kim's gonna want baby number 2 so I guess it'll be after 2012 season lastly Serena will come back very strong after thus injury so I'd say she's still lock for the whole 2013 season...
Maria if she's still playing this level, after marraige she might quit
it's so sad to think about it but it's the rule of nature...when the old goes the new comes by...hoping that the new generation will impress because the ladies of the '00 definetely made a mark on women's tennis...

jimbo mack
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:16 PM
first of the big 4 to retire over the next 2 years...god the WTA really need some new stars with exciting games to emerge now more than ever before

Maria Croft
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:16 PM
She's like the biggest quitter the tour has ever seen :o

Such a shame she came back, she was #1 at had won Roland Garros 3 times in a row, that was such an awesome way to end it, oh well. If her injury is really that bad that she can't play without pain there is no point in going on, is there?

Super Dave
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Now Kim can get pregnant again

Probably won't be long.

Respect for Justine :sad: Incredible player.

Sharapovian
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
:eek:

Shame her career had to end with an injury :tears:
Have a good life Justine :hug:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
I'll think of what I should post later. :lol: Right now I have mixed feelings but shocked at the same time. So sudden.

danieln1
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
WTF????

Can you envision her making a comeback later this year?? Why stop playing so suddenly??

Hopefully she'll get better though...

On a lighter note, Ana couldn't even beat a elbowless Christine :sobbing: , and Sveta barely won... This shows she's one of the toughest player ever...

Joana
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
I don't think you understand the injury. The way to treat it is surgery, which requires atleast 2 years recovery and even then it's doubtful she'd be able to play tennis again. Justine tried to give it 6 months of healing time and see if it improved or if she could play through the pain and hit a wall.

Maybe the injury would get a bit better if she rested some more, but her ranking would take a hit with all her AO points dropping off and I don't think she was motivated enough to start climbing up again.
In general, it looks like there wasn't a way out for her.

Tony i-string
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Sad news, but if she feels she cant compete for slams with the pain there really is no point her sticking round to lose 3rd round of slams.

I guess you might think the return was a fail, but I guess for a little while she showed us what a great player she was in australia last year.

I'm expecting venus to be the one to go next, then serena and kim together :sad:

Good luck in the future justine

BepaMaria
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
WTA is like Survivor now. :hysteric: Who is next to retire?

Venus or Petrova

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
I fear this comeback only tarnished her legacy.
If totally honest, I missed her the first time she retired. This time I won't. Her tennis was just not fun to watch as it used to be and it was sad she could not regain any of her form.

All I can do is wish her happiness

spartanfan
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:17 PM
..................Dude have a bit of respect. You don't have to fucking like her, and if you wanna thrash her, do it elsewhere.
Don't be coming in here hauling in shit.
HEY! I have a right to express my opinion! And apparently I'm not the only one. Am I the only one who gets the irony of JH using her hand/arm to cheat and win her first slam and her arm/elbow forcing her back into retirement? If not irony, it certainly is karma.

Polikarpov
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:18 PM
WTA is like Survivor now. :hysteric: Who is next to retire?

True.

By how things are going, I wouldn't be too surprised if Kimothy ends up with more slams than Justine.

Viktymise
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Her comeback was the literal equivalent of a wet fart, and when I read "injuries" as the reson cited, I see "can't handle the fact that she'll never get back to the level required to be on top again".

Another big blow for the tour which is creeping month by month towards its nadir. Dark times, indeed.

timafi
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:19 PM
:speakles:

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:19 PM
Venus will stick around. I'm not worried about her.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:19 PM
I fear this comeback only tarnished her legacy.


It did, losing 3 times in a row to an inferior player and messing up their h2h as well as her RG record :(

T_P
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Oh God noooo :sobbing:
All because of that stupid fall against fucking Clijsters of all people :mad:

Justine, you'll always be my hero.

hablo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:21 PM
HEY! I have a right to express my opinion! And apparently I'm not the only one. Am I the only one who gets the irony of JH using her hand/arm to cheat and win her first slam and her arm/elbow forcing her back into retirement? If not irony, it certainly is karma.

Damn. I didn't even think of that.... Anyhow, so long :bigwave:

I wonder what she will do next with her life. She was obviously has some void to fill ... Please let it not include dancing or singing on tv again. :tape:

nevetssllim
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:21 PM
Justine. :hug: :sad: If it's true, I'm going to miss her because I started to warm to her on her comeback. Despite the elbow injury, I still thought she would be a force this year.

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:21 PM
To be honest though, for me, I don't think it's nearly as sudden and shocking as Dementieva's walkout.

Graf~Dokic
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:21 PM
:eek:

I'm totally surprised by this.

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:22 PM
OMFG.
I thought I would be like blah .... not as sad as I was in May 2008.

Guess I was wrong.

I was pissed at her for not playing well at all. For keep playing despite her elbow. For being done.
Actually deep inside my heart, I was still enjoying to watch her playing, even if she was playing utter crap.

I wish she would not never retire.

I thought she would at least play the Olympics with Kimmie and end her career along side with Kim.
I thought I would be sad at this moment or happy because she tried to come back.

But no... I don't even know how to react.

I am fucking sad. It hurts.

:bigcry: :sobbing: Fuck tennis.

Graf~Dokic
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:22 PM
By how things are going, I wouldn't be too surprised if Kimothy ends up with more slams than Justine.

Which would be well deserved. ;)

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Love you Justine.

She must be upset. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

crazillo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:23 PM
I expected this, but only at the end of the year. :sad:

pigam
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Never knew it would "hurt" even more the second time.
I feel like such a baby. I have my own life, I don't understand why this bothers me so much :shrug:

Polikarpov
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:24 PM
I fear this comeback only tarnished her legacy.
If totally honest, I missed her the first time she retired. This time I won't. Her tennis was just not fun to watch as it used to be and it was sad she could not regain any of her form.

All I can do is wish her happiness

Not for me. At the end of the day, she would still go down in tennis history as a 7-time slam champion. Her mediocre results last year shouldn't define her career.

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:25 PM
Which would be well deserved. ;)

OH SHUT THE FUCK UP :fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery:

She has just retired, so please keep your "Kimmie is more talented blablah" bullshit for later, thank you !!!! :mad::mad:

SVK
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Wow shock:speakles:

:hug: to all her fans, itīs hard to see players retiring even if Iīm not their fan...and itīs worse when itīs that shocking:tears:

Jack89
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Wish Justine all the best in whatever she chooses to do next! :hug:

And regardless of what happened in her second career, she'll still go down as a legend of the game.

LoveFifteen
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Sad to see an injury end her career before she wanted. :sobbing:

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Btw WTF with this timing? Couldn't she wait until AO is over? Announcement of her comeback had weird timing as well

ampers&
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:26 PM
To be honest though, I don't think it's nearly as sudden and shocking as Dementieva's walkout.
Not at all. Elena's retirement was really sad. With Justine, I can't help but feel a lot of "meh" mixed in with a little nostalgia for matches past. Also a little bit of glee that I'm not entirely proud of. :lol:

tsmile789
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:27 PM
Atleast she added an AO final and 2 more titles to her name...

Gawain
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:28 PM
She had a great career but I never liked her as a person.
Better to quit than slump your way out of the top 20 I guess.

harloo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:28 PM
Now Kim can get pregnant again, the WS can retire due to injuries, and Caro can finally rule the world.
:lol:

RenaSlam.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:28 PM
Btw WTF with this timing? Couldn't she wait until AO is over? Announcement of her comeback had weird timing as well

Selfish is as selfish does. She has never cared about anyone else.

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Definitely dark times for the WTA. It's funny how the stars of say... 2007-2009 are pretty much gone now. :tears:

Justine injured and re-retired
Dementieva retired and gone
Serena injured and on a break
Venus seriously injured and on a break
Safina struggling and majorly slumping
Jelena at a roadblock struggling for wins
Maria slowly crumbling away
Vaidisova totally done and dusted
Mauresmo gone and retired
Lindsay a mother and re-retired
Ana (was) slumping majorly but (still) struggling to revive her form...

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Could Justine haters shut the fuck up? Not today, please....

Thanks. :)


PS : me too I feel like a baby... One thing is sure, I have never been thorough so many emotions and feelings thanks to Justins in sports.... she is the only one who brought me these feelings. Anyway.

doooma6816
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Oh my God....It can't be true....:sad::sad::sad::sad::bigcry::bigcry::bigcr y::bigcry::bigcry::tears:
I don't know what to say. I hope it's a joke, a bad nightmare....:sad:
I just can't....
I will be cry forever....



Juju, always the best in my heart!:hug:


Thank you Kim, stupid Wimbledon!

Noooooooooo:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Graf~Dokic
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:30 PM
OH SHUT THE FUCK UP :fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery::fiery:

She has just retired, so please keep your "Kimmie is more talented blablah" bullshit for later, thank you !!!! :mad::mad:

Have you ever thought of calming down a bit?? :spit: :help: I never ever said anything about Kim being more talented than Justine. So where's your problem?

Sergius
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Selfish is as selfish does. She has never cared about anyone else.

:rolleyes:

Taz Warrior
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:31 PM
Justine, it all started so promisingly as well :hug:

harloo
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:31 PM
:sad: How sad for Justine to retire so abruptly once again. I've never liked her but she was a fighter. One thing admirable about Justine was the fact that her game kept evolving. She was always looking for ways to improve. Good luck in whatever she chooses to do with the rest of her life.

mashasabinefan1
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:32 PM
:hug: to Justine fans. Terrible that injury had to end her career, hope she finds happiness in her new life.

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:32 PM
WTF????

Can you envision her making a comeback later this year?? Why stop playing so suddenly??

Hopefully she'll get better though...

On a lighter note, Ana couldn't even beat a elbowless Christine :sobbing: , and Sveta barely won... This shows she's one of the toughest player ever...

You are a Justine hater, yet your post is adorable :awww: Thank you.

Yeah, to say there was a thread about her mental spirit which became a liability... lol.
Anyway, I hate when an injury ends a player's career.

I hope the WS will get better.

Lady
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Damn it. :(
Just damn it :(

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:34 PM
:hug: at Justine fans :sobbing:

Matt01 :hug:

Ralph214
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:35 PM
Juju! :sobbing:

Juju Nostalgique
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:35 PM
Unless Aida Nízar proves otherwise this may be not true at all... :scared:


:lol:

Mikey.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:35 PM
:speakles: Didn't see that one coming....

John.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM
:speakles:

I was never a fan of her,but it's always awful to see injury end someone's career. I wish her all the best for her future

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM
Not at all. Elena's retirement was really sad. With Justine, I can't help but feel a lot of "meh" mixed in with a little nostalgia for matches past. Also a little bit of glee that I'm not entirely proud of. :lol:

My feelings exactly.

Sander.
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:36 PM
Sad for Justine and her fans.

Yasmine
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:38 PM
Never been a fan of hers, but always a great champion, it's a shame her body makes it call it quit.

benbest
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:38 PM
does she retire from this moment, or will she still play fed cup?

The Dawntreader
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Inevitable? Maybe.

Unfortunate for tennis? Absolutely. Another great star of the game gone.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:39 PM
Wow...what a suprise. Just as I had grown to become a fan. I wish her all the best.

Daniela-Is-Mine
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:39 PM
:o :sobbing:

pigam
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:39 PM
:eek: @ people badrepping me saying "BYE :wavey: "
That's kinda cruel ... :unsure:

iamhe
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:39 PM
so sad............................................... ..


I'm so lost.............................................. .

Sally Struthers
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:41 PM
:eek: Bad news. In this day and age isn't there some way doctors can screw her elbow back together or something? :shrug:

sjaak1976
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:42 PM
Justine will defintely be missed. She brought variety and skill to a game that is dominated by one-dimensional brainless baseline bashers. Wish her well in her post-tennis life.

Noctis
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:42 PM
Oh Poor JuJu . Hope she gets well and be a coach or something
even she doesnt deserve this

on the positive note,juju Trolls can retire too

The Witch-king
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:42 PM
http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jezebel/2010/10/nene82109.gif

Who retires after a year? :haha:

Guess it's back to 'Blast from the Past' for HHQ! :lol:

pigam
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM
My God! Some people are cruel!

spartanfan
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM
http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jezebel/2010/10/nene82109.gif

Who retires after a year? :haha:

Guess it's back to 'Blast from the Past' for HHQ! :lol:
The NeNe picture sums it all up for me too. :):lol:

veryborednow
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM
I wish she'd waited until after the tournament had finished, it takes away from all the progress the WTA had made to rehabilitate its image not to say the remaining competitors.

Bye Justine, loved watching you :wavey:

Kipling
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM
Sad day. Great champion. Always had to respect her on the court. She will be missed. Wish she had been able to go out on her own terms.

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:44 PM
http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jezebel/2010/10/nene82109.gif

Who retires after a year? :haha:

Guess it's back to 'Blast from the Past' for HHQ! :lol:

Someone with a freaking elbow injury :rolleyes:

manu
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:45 PM
God, I feel gutted. Even as a fan, I thought Justine was such a cold person at times. But if you watched really closely, she put all of her heart out on the court, so many times, time and time again. A way of living for her.

I've never enjoyed watching someone play tennis as much as I've enjoyed watching Justine. It was just a sheer delight to watch her at the peak of her mental and physical game. She had that invincible aura for a while that very very few players in history have had. She was one of the greats. Too bad her body didn't allow her to get back to the top once more.

So long Justine, I wish you the very best with whatever you decide to do with your life!! :yeah:

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:45 PM
Oh Poor JuJu . Hope she gets well and be a coach or something
even she doesnt deserve this

on the positive note,juju Trolls can retire too

:lol: I won't retire. I was still around during her retirement, of course it won't feel the same anymore.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jezebel/2010/10/nene82109.gif

Who retires after a year? :haha:

Guess it's back to 'Blast from the Past' for HHQ! :lol:

Someone who got a career-end threathening injury. :weirdo:

doooma6816
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM
A lot of player retired, but her retirement hurts the most... I love you Justine! What a fighter...her game was outstanding. I don't think we'll have another Justine Henin. ;(

Lena retire, Justine(but I can't replace her by any plaer)...who's next?
I was never a fan of Serena, but it would be disaster if she and Venus retire...
Kim probably is very happy now...Justine reired because o injury, now she can win 1000000000000 slams.

I still can't believe it. ;(

scoobz
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM
This is so depressing...

Smitten
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Anyone with a decent amount of foresight could have seen this coming at SOME POINT this year.

Unable to recapture her best form, losing to people she should not be losing too, heavy scars from her biggest rivals (Clijsters/Serena) in big matches, constantly stopping + starting.

I just find the fact that her career effectively ended at Wimbledon(the slam she came back to win) and to Clijsters(the player she has the most storied past with) very very ironic.

ViceUltramontain
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Wow, Saint Kim strikes again.

29th of June : Wimbledon 4th round.
8th of July : Match for Belgium exho.

Has she ended the careers of her two main rivals in just 11 days ?

Kworb
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:48 PM
How unfortunate. :sad: Did not expect this at all. Her comeback was going strong, she was on her way to a Wimbledon title, and now this is how it ends. :sad:

Vaidisova
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:48 PM
Sad :(

wateva
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:49 PM
at least she tried coming back... :sad:
will miss the crazy matches that she and kim has played.
and to some trolls, karma's a bitch! ;)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:50 PM
What? Not again :o Even though now, she was clearly forced to make such decision due to that awful elbow injury. Have a good life after tennis, Justine :wavey:

Justine fans :hug:

And Spartanfan, you're a classless moron :weirdo:

tsmile789
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Wow, Saint Kim strikes again.

29th of June : Wimbledon 4th round.
8th of July : Match for Belgium exho.

Has she ended the careers of her two main rivals in just 11 days ?

Yes she did!!!!

mariavikafan
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:52 PM
That's just sad, really.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Debby....? :unsure: :hug:

itzhak
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:54 PM
bad news, I'm not big fun of her and I thought that her first retirement was stupid step. However she is great player and it is shame that it's ended like this.

From her announcement I don't understand- The doctors told her that she will never recover or that her elbow is too fragile right now? It is something that cannot be fixed with more recovery process?

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:56 PM
bad news, I'm not big fun of her and I thought that her first retirement was stupid step. However she is great player and it is shame that it's ended like this.

From her announcement I don't understand- The doctors told her that she will never recover or that her elbow is too fragile right now? It is something that cannot be fixed with more recovery process?

I think if she had actual surgery she would have been out for 2 years, or more.
And time isn't on her side...

G&R
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:57 PM
OMG not expected at all...goodbye again justine, wish you the best in life

simonsaystennis
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:57 PM
What a shame. I was never a fan, but I feel horribly for Justine and her fans. She never really got a real shot at a comeback :sad:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jan 26th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Ugh, not going to repeat again.

Thanks Ju, Bye Ju, Good luck Ju.

Fool
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:00 PM
This is quite shocking to me. I never really liked her but I can obviously see what a great player she was, so I can appreciate her.

Mikey.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:00 PM
:eek: @ people badrepping me saying "BYE :wavey: "
That's kinda cruel ... :unsure:

Idiots. :shrug:

tsmile789
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:00 PM
I think if she had actual surgery she would have been out for 2 years, or more.
And time isn't on her side...

Even if time's on her side look at Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, their old form will never fully recover.

jefrilibra
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:01 PM
I predicted this after her loss at the AO!

It's really tough and frustrating when you're trying to come back and each time you're hampered by a serious injury.

Good luck to her!

The Witch-king
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Wow, Saint Kim strikes again.

29th of June : Wimbledon 4th round.
8th of July : Match for Belgium exho.

Has she ended the careers of her two main rivals in just 11 days ?

dont forget that US Open semifinal and Vinas' knees

TuxedoSlam
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:04 PM
Very sad about this. After her Stuttgart win I thought she could be at the top again. Good luck in whatever you do next Justine!

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:05 PM
I am sad, but I had kind of resigned myself to anything following the uninspiring display at the AO, when her shots just looked like they existed on their own. Despite what she said, the spirit was definitely subdued. And a major operation is not something she can hope to recover from given her age.

Pity she was forced into it though. I'll miss her and no misfire from last season was too great to erase the image of Justine at her very best, gliding around the court and dazzling with her court-craft and determination.

Thanks to the other posters for being generally respectful.

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:05 PM
Debby....? :unsure: :hug:

:hug: I will be ok, but I feel really sad at the moment. At least, two years ago, I had still hopes of her returning on the court. Now, I just know she will never come back. :tears:

I hope the WS won't retire this year, please, I don't want 2011 to be the year of retirements (Elena even if she retired in october, she played 2010 so.. , and Justine)....

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:05 PM
And tennis loses yet another one of its top players to injury :sad:

All the best JuJu :kiss:

A big :hug: to her loyal fans. :)

SAEKeithSerena
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:06 PM
sorry to her fans :(

ViceUltramontain
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:06 PM
I've always thought she came back for bad reasons (winning Wimbledon and probably jealousy towards Kim's come back). It was not a good idea from her.

Kim and Justine careers were so related, the fact that one of them has ended the career of the other is logical (and kinda beautiful).

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:09 PM
I've always thought she came back for bad reasons (winning Wimbledon and probably jealousy towards Kim's come back). It was not a good idea from her.

Kim and Justine careers were so related, the fact that one of them has ended the career of the other is logical (and kinda beautiful).

It's a pity. Her best chance was probably Wimbledon 07. Not saying she would have won against a red hot Venus, but she definitely had a chance to be in the finals.
But I guess it was a blessing in disguise. If she won Wimbledon 07, this comeback would have never happened.
Yes it was perhaps underwhelming by her standards, but her matches last year at AO were sublime.

mckyle.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:10 PM
Could have finished her career at #1, instead came back and retired with a thud. Sad :(

Stamp Paid
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:12 PM
Im not gonna say anything crazy since my favorite player has a career threatening injury too.
Juju :sad:

crazillo
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:12 PM
Would have been great if she played the Fed Cup as her last match.

sam.jones
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM
big loss (again ) for the tour...

sad ending

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:13 PM
This is really, really depressing.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Henin :speakles: Why :bigcry: I kinda hate you but WTA needs you badly :sad:
Anyway, have a nice life :hug:

ajmo!
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:15 PM
:crying2: :hug:

amaze
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Much more sad retirement than the first one.

Yet, why couldn't she wait a couple of weeks? Maybe because Kim is very probably a few days away from another grand slam title? So typical of Henin.

A Magicman
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:18 PM
K Bye.

DragonFlame
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:18 PM
OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 2 faves in 4 months... :sobbing:

Fucking elbow! :sobbing:

After this australian open, i'm taking a break from tennis. I just cant take this anymore.

BlueTrees
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:20 PM
I wonder when she'll announce her comeback..

Mightymirza
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:20 PM
OMG :sob: Elena and now Justine.. I am totally gutted. But it was painful to watch her play like that too. I always hoped for a revival though.. Will there be a comeback number 3??

Shinjiro
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:21 PM
:wavey:

doooma6816
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:23 PM
Much more sad retirement than the first one.

Yet, why couldn't she wait a couple of weeks? Maybe because Kim is very probably a few days away from another grand slam title? So typical of Henin.

:rolleyes::tape::help:
Even if Kim have milion slam titles, Justine always will be greater than her...Justine could do everything...always play with great veriety, she could do each kind of shots...now there's no player like her....maybe Fran.
When most of great tennis player was on, Kim won only one GS, Justine seven, so shut up!

Conor
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo NOT AGAIN :'(

Renalicious
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:26 PM
I really feel for Justine fans right now. It's like being revived only to being beaten down again. :sobbing:

danieln1
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:26 PM
:rolleyes::tape::help:
Even if Kim have milion slam titles, Justine always will be greater than her...Justine could do everything...always play with great veriety, she could do each kind of shots...now there's no player like her....maybe Fran.
When most of great tennis player was on, Kim won only one GS, Justine seven, so shut up!

Couldnīt agree more, Kimberly is just a shadow of Henin... they are not even comparable, in any way, Justine is clearly more talented and better player overall than Kimberly...

iamhe
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Now Kim can get pregnant again, the WS can retire due to injuries, and Caro can finally rule the world.



OMG.......................

That's horrible. I can't imagine that.

Lorinda.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Some of the comments here are really classless.

Whether you like Justine or not she plays fabulous tennis, and tennis needs her.
Good luck in life Justine. :hug:

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:28 PM
I really feel for Justine fans right now. It's like being revived only to being beaten down again. :sobbing:

EXACTLY YOU PUT THE FINGER EXACTLY WHERE IT HURTS :sobbing: :bigcry:

danieln1
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:28 PM
Wow, Saint Kim strikes again.

29th of June : Wimbledon 4th round.
8th of July : Match for Belgium exho.

Has she ended the careers of her two main rivals in just 11 days ?

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Wasnīt she the one who scattered the glass on Serenaīs floor? I heard that somewhere... :haha:

Betten
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Worst news I've heard all day :sad:!

For some reason, this hurts more than her first retirement.

Marionated
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Really sad about his. Horrible news.

Justine :hug:

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:31 PM
OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 2 faves in 4 months... :sobbing:

Fucking elbow! :sobbing:

After this australian open, i'm taking a break from tennis. I just cant take this anymore.

:sad: :sad: Poor Elena and Justine fans. At least I was not a Dementieva fan, but I really felt at her retirement.

I wonder when she'll announce her comeback..

:weirdo:

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:32 PM
Anyone with a decent amount of foresight could have seen this coming at SOME POINT this year.

Unable to recapture her best form, losing to people she should not be losing too, heavy scars from her biggest rivals (Clijsters/Serena) in big matches, constantly stopping + starting.

I just find the fact that her career effectively ended at Wimbledon(the slam she came back to win) and to Clijsters(the player she has the most storied past with) very very ironic.

I've always thought she came back for bad reasons (winning Wimbledon and probably jealousy towards Kim's come back). It was not a good idea from her.

Kim and Justine careers were so related, the fact that one of them has ended the career of the other is logical (and kinda beautiful).

Agreed with these two.

I don't feel the same as 2008 primarily b/c she just wasn't an elite player anymore :shrug: couldn't really hold a candle to Kim or Serena it seemed unless she was hiding some kind of form. Seeing her play was kind of sad b/c her 2007 was unbelievable.

additionally, I really do think it selfish that she announce her comeback in the midst of Kim's victory and then announce her retirement right before the SF of a slam... that Kim is coincidentally favored to win.

I liked her game at her peak but from beginning to end I cannot respect Justine Henin as a person.

Bulgaria
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:32 PM
That's really a shock to me. But she is making the right desition. She is a great champion and everybody will remember her like one, no matter she didn't complete her task of winning Wimbledon.

All the best Justine. :worship:

pierce85
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:33 PM
My faves sure have a way of disappointing me. First Mary, then hingis now henin. They couldn't have a proper retirement with flowers, goodbye speach and all this crap...

Ofen
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:34 PM
I hope there will be not too much discussion about this one and any future second (third, fourth...) retirements. I don't like official retirement/comeback/retirement cycles. Sometimes I have the feeling that a player just want public attentions, news conference and some articles about it. If a player is unsure about final retirement why not just suspend herself/himself from professional play?

LUVMIRZA
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:35 PM
wtf.....shut up:sobbing::sobbing: y this happens to me all the time....fuck this world

Sarah<Kim-fan>
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:36 PM
wow, a bit of a shock but at the same time not that big a surprise either...
sad for her, but I guess if doctors tell you that if you keep playing, you'll feel that pain for the rest of your life, and surgery with 1 year+ recovery is the only solution, this is the best solution for her. especially since she's a person who needs a lot of practice to get to a top level...

big :hug: for all her fans!
Still think the Kim-Justine Brisbane final last year was by far the best, most exciting match of the year!

kaktusino
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Now I'm sure she will not come back anymore. :( Thank you Justine that you tried to return, knowing that it won't be easy. Thank you for everything you have given to us, such amazing memories and matches. You will be missed.

Now I'll be in tears. Another retirement forced me to remember what happened at the end of october. :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:38 PM
I hope there will be not too much discussion about this one and any future second (third, fourth...) retirements. I don't like official retirement/comeback/retirement cycles. Sometimes I have the feeling that a player just want public attentions, news conference and some articles about it. If a player is unsure about final retirement why not just suspend herself/himself from professional play?

She is not coming back. Ever. (Debatable.)
She knows herself her time is up. This retirement is entirely different from the first one.
She is forced to retire now. I don't think she can find a way back after this. Not with the elbow.

Serenita
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:39 PM
Good luck and a happy life to Justine.:wavey:

iamhe
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:39 PM
True.

By how things are going, I wouldn't be too surprised if Kimothy ends up with more slams than Justine.


I think it's very likely.

AnDrEi.b
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:39 PM
:eek:

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Agreed with these two.

I don't feel the same as 2008 primarily b/c she just wasn't an elite player anymore :shrug: couldn't really hold a candle to Kim or Serena it seemed unless she was hiding some kind of form. Seeing her play was kind of sad b/c her 2007 was unbelievable.

additionally, I really do think it selfish that she announce her comeback in the midst of Kim's victory and then announce her retirement right before the SF of a slam... that Kim is coincidentally favored to win.

I liked her game at her peak but from beginning to end I cannot respect Justine Henin as a person.

Please stop that BS
you were a Justine fan. When she stopped winning everything, you stopped supporting her
When St Kim started winning everything, you started supporting her

You are a gloryhunter.

True Justine fans are not. We don't care if she didn't win a Slam like St Kim, we were still enjoying to watch her playing. And to be honest, her comeback was not that an epic fail : she reached a Slam final, she climbed to #13 while playing only 8 tournaments or something without being protected in Slams. She knew it would be hard to top Kim's comeback, the odds were against her. But she kept trying. She kept reinventing herself, because she was dreaming to win Wimbledon one day. She knew it would be almost impossible to suddenly find her old form from 2007 in only a few months.

She had some hopes. Why would she have played anyway ?

And you are paranoid, St Kim already knew Justine was going to come back during the US Open, but Justine didn't want to announce it just after her win (that's why she delayed the press conference a or two weeks later).
And had Justine announced her retirement just after the AO (if Kimberly won it), you would have still complained.

So I think she was right to announce it right now rather than after the final.

Thank you.

LefandePatty
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:41 PM
:awww: Another great champion is leaving. A big :hug: to her fans.

Papillon.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:42 PM
I don't know what to say right now, or even what I'm feeling.

I was contemplating what the game would be like once the Belgians and WS retired.

1/4 of the way there. :hysteric:

Please enjoy your life, Justine. I began following the WTA in 2006 when you reached four of four Slam finals, and I watched in 2007 when you hit your peak. Inspiring and awesome stuff; even the moments of brilliance that shone through in your attempt at a comeback, which has been cruelly cut short by injury.

Condolences to all fans; I wasn't one myself, but I can appreciate how big a loss for the game this is. No matter where she was ranked or how many tournaments she played or didn't play, her presence on the tour was something undeniably enormous and important, and a big part of tennis that was resuscitated 12 months ago has died again.

propi
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:43 PM
Life was always hard for her, it's awfully cruel that her retirement had to follow this unfair path too.
I hope destiny has the best of lifes for such a corageus girl :yeah:
Tennis loses :hysteric:

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:43 PM
There would never be a "better time" to announce her retirement.
It's the start of the year, every week there will be a tourney and a winner.
And besides, if she had said after AO and if Kim won.....wouldn't that be even worse?

Libertango
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:43 PM
All the best Justine.

I was never a fan but it's a shame really that her comeback kinda unravelled. I wish her luck for her future endeavours.

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:43 PM
Please stop that BS
you were a Justine fan.

First.. let me stop you there. I HATED Justine for most of career and I could not stand her during 2007 winning everything. I've respected her game and that's it.

I do however defend players who I feel are being needlessly attacked. After 2007, the Justards that plagued these boards left and until they came back I often found myself defending Justine.. that's about it.

Throughout her career, I've always felt she's lacked the class and sportsmanship that her rivals have displayed.

Like I said, I wish her the best in her life, but from beginning to end, I cannot respect the decisions she has made concerning tennis.

s2crux
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:44 PM
I’m so sad
i cant belive it
hennin best wishes 4 u

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:45 PM
First.. let me stop you there. I HATED Justine for most of career and I could not stand her during 2007 winning everything. I've respected her game and that's it.

I do however defend players who I feel are being needlessly attacked. After 2007, the Justards that plagued these boards left and until they came back I often found myself defending Justine.. that's about it.

Throughout her career, I've always felt she's lacked the class and sportsmanship that her rivals have displayed.

Like I said, I wish her the best in her life, but from beginning to end, I cannot respect the decisions she has made concerning tennis.

I still remember you arguing you were a Serena fan but still defending Justine against Serena fans. :p

PandoraPandora
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Bye. :wavey:

:lol:

I never liked her and still don't despite all the sentimental tat and self pitying letter.

She cheated, quit when she was beaten by Dinara, slagged off Amelie then quit when she was being beaten. A real quitter. She was jealous of Kim and thought she could trounce the competition and came back without thinking, disowned her family including her younger sister who was heartbroken and went running back to them when she needed them when dumped by hubby. They should have told her to piss off. Self, self, self. A very odd person and a poor ambassador for the sport. All take and no give.

Her comeback flopped and had no effect on the popularity of the game or the tournaments so no one will give a toss about her departure.

Her final flourish was to try and distract from the Australian Open with her sob story letter instead of waiting until later. But any impact she had is done - her final clutch at pity and self importance. But now it's into oblivion and:wavey:

Marionated
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:47 PM
There would never be a "better time" to announce her retirement.
It's the start of the year, every week there will be a tourney and a winner.
And besides, if she had said after AO and if Kim won.....wouldn't that be even worse?

This.

I'm suprised you're the first one to point this out actually.

Cinek
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:47 PM
Justine :confused:

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:47 PM
I still remember you arguing you were a Serena fan but still defending Justine against Serena fans. :p

I'm not a Serena fan either.. I'm a staunch Venus, Kim and Davenport fan with a few others I've rooted for.

I respect Serena and Justine's level of tennis.. they both have been all-time great assets to the tour.
And if either is being needlessly or unjustly attacked, I'd defend either.

I feel sorry for her fans b/c I know what it's like for faves to retire. Davenport retired and came back and retired and came back and it's never easy.

oomph
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:47 PM
Not surprised at all. This comeback was such a huge disappointment for everyone, she shouldn't have come back in the first place.

Now find something that makes you happy and live your life, Juju. :hug:

She reached the final in her first slam after her comeback. :help: She lost against the best player of the tournament in RG (one who can take advantage of her backhand the easiest) and she got injured in Wimby.

Not too bad. :shrug:

Mightymirza
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:48 PM
wtf.....shut up:sobbing::sobbing: y this happens to me all the time....fuck this world

:hug: :sad: I know.. This has been the worst year ever.. :((((

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:49 PM
I just wish people would stop with the endless 'I am not her fan/I hated her character, but...' BS. Why do you want to use this as just another opportunity to parade your hatred for her? You'll get plenty of chances later.

eck
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Justine Henin Announces Retirement For 2nd Time
BRUSSELS January 26, 2011, 11:26 am ET

Former No. 1 Justine Henin retired from tennis for a second time Wednesday, citing a lingering right elbow injury that cut short her comeback from a glittering career that included seven Grand Slam titles.

"I have undergone several tests the past few days, confirming that my elbow has sustained a lot more damage during my adventure in Australia," the 28-year-old Belgian said on her website.

She made the announcement five days after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the third round of the Australian Open.

"The past few weeks, there was a little bit more pain every day, but I thought my willpower would prevail. Today, the tests and my doctors are adamant," Henin said.

She was ranked No. 1 when she abruptly announced her retirement in 2008, only to return 20 months later and reach last year's Australian Open final. She partially tore a ligament in the elbow in a tumble at Wimbledon last year and hasn't been the same since.

"It is clear now that I have to accept that my career ends for good," said Henin, currently ranked No. 13. "Even if it is hard, very hard, at a time when I came back with enormous fighting spirit."

She had been slated to face the United States in a Fed Cup match along with Kim Clijsters next week.

Henin won her first Grand Slam at the French Open in 2003 and fell in love with the tournament, taking the clay title three straight years from 2005 to 2007. She also won the U.S. Open in 2003 and 2007 and the Australian Open in 2004.

Her comeback last year centered on winning a first Wimbledon title, but instead it became her downfall, crashing on her elbow in a fourth-round loss to Clijsters.

"We have all been fortunate to once again have had the opportunity to witness the beauty of her game during these many past months, and no doubt we will miss seeing her on court competing like only Justine can," WTA CEO Stacey Allaster said in a statement. "Justine Henin will go down as one of the greatest female athletes of her era."

With Henin, tennis loses a finesse player with perhaps the most lethal backhand in the game, and one-handed at that. Petite at just under 5-foot-1 and 126 pounds, she would often struggle in the power game that women's tennis has become but was an underdog people could root for.

Willpower made up for her lack of physical brawn and mediocre serve. Her stubborn determination and clenched-teeth demeanor often made it difficult for fans to love her, especially in a nation enthralled with the carefree and ever-cheerful Clijsters.

Henin acknowledged as much to the fans in her farewell letter.

"If there is one thing I could regret, it is that I protected myself too much and could not be closer to you. I hope you will forgive me," she said.

DragonFlame
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:49 PM
^ Can you 2 put this argument on hold please?

Devastated... she must be wrecked, having to retire with so much desire still left in her. Cant help but think how sad she must be, and how sad i am right now. She was obviously still thinking about winning slams, the tense moments, the fights. We only got a glimpse of that last year, and now its gone again. *cry*

Ju's backhand
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:50 PM
I... I don't know what to say... :sad:

Joana
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:52 PM
Agreed with these two.

I don't feel the same as 2008 primarily b/c she just wasn't an elite player anymore :shrug: couldn't really hold a candle to Kim or Serena it seemed unless she was hiding some kind of form. Seeing her play was kind of sad b/c her 2007 was unbelievable.

additionally, I really do think it selfish that she announce her comeback in the midst of Kim's victory and then announce her retirement right before the SF of a slam... that Kim is coincidentally favored to win.

I liked her game at her peak but from beginning to end I cannot respect Justine Henin as a person.

Yeah, the world obviously revolves around Kimmeke Clijsters. Why would she think about Kim in the moment she's finishing her own career? Did Kim worry about Justine when she was ending hers?

Also, I don't get this "she's embarrassed herself and ruined her legacy!!!!!111!!ONE" talk. She's reached a Slam final and won two titles, and then she got injured. Then she realized she wasn't able to either recover completely or play through it, so she retired. The end.
It's not like she was fully healthy for 3 years and was still losing to Ksenia Pervak and Alberta Brianti all the time.

Martian KC
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Justine.:sad:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Jelena's road to grandslam glory is clear now :(

wildemu
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:56 PM
this is ridiculous. It took me a good month to get over dementieva's departure, and now this.

Who the hell do I have to look forward to on the tour when serena, venus, and kim are on their way out as well

AcesHigh
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:57 PM
:weirdo:

She lost her mum at 12
She had to break up with her family
She got divorced with PY who stole the half of her money
She nearly lost her brother
She had so many injuries

I don't think we can say life was easy for her.

Life was tough. She was a great fighter to have had the great amount of success she did.
That will be her legacy.

young_gunner913
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:57 PM
Jelena's road to grandslam glory is clear now :(

The tour isn't retiring. Just Justine.

InsideOut.
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:58 PM
No! :sad:

kman
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Well, she didn't really seem to add anything to the tour since she came back.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:59 PM
The tour isn't retiring. Just Justine.

The mere presence of Justine in the draw puts her off her game :rolleye: Now she will pick it up :o

tonythetiger
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:59 PM
See ya!

Ju's backhand
Jan 26th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Well, she didn't really seem to add anything to the tour since she came back.

Umm... she barely played?

Joana
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:00 PM
Well, she didn't really seem to add anything to the tour since she came back.

Of course she did. She provided us with a Wozniacki-free SF lineup in Miami last year.

ce
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:02 PM
:eek:
well this is the best thing to do if she cannot play at her best level.
Sad for tennis, enjoy life after tennis Justine :hug:

kman
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:07 PM
Of course she did. She provided us with a Wozniacki-free SF lineup in Miami last year.

Other players could've done that. I was looking forward to seeing this great champion back (as I didn't really follow WTA when she was at her peak), but she just fizzled out and died during this comeback. Clijsters on the other hand...

Jane Lane
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Justine :hug: It's for the best.

roelc
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:10 PM
poor girl.

kman
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:11 PM
poor girl.

Poor girl. she only won 7 slams and 34343243240234324 million dollars. So sad.

debby
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:12 PM
Other players could've done that. I was looking forward to seeing this great champion back (as I didn't really follow WTA when she was at her peak), but she just fizzled out and died during this comeback. Clijsters on the other hand...

Why did you need to compare Justine to Clijsters ?

They are not in the same league, for the millionth time.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:13 PM
Of course she did.

Yep, Four of the most memorable matches of the last year :shrug:

pascal77
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:13 PM
Good news is Claycourter and justineheninfan surface here with less visibility.

Beat
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Poor girl. she only won 7 slams and 34343243240234324 million dollars. So sad.

yeah, a person who has 7 slams and loads of money never has any problems and never must make any difficult decisions, ever.

T_P
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:15 PM
Poor girl. she only won 7 slams and 34343243240234324 million dollars. So sad.
Ugh, you are so retarded.

hankqq
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:15 PM
awful :( :sad: I'm far from being a fan, but I enjoyed having her come back last year. It was fun having her back in the mix. Condolences to her fans here :hug: It's always sad when injury is the reason for a player retiring. Henin will be missed.

young_gunner913
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Ugh, you are so retarded.

Don't worry. He'll be back to crying about everyone picking on Caro in a few days. :lol:

Lucemferre
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:16 PM
The match that caused this career ending injury was against Clijsters:o

And possibly the injury that might end Serena's career also came against Clijsters:help:

Kim:rolleyes:

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:17 PM
Good news is Claycourter and justineheninfan surface here with less visibility.

That guy had jumped off the bandwagon a long time ago. I am surprised he hasn't yet checked in with a 'told ya' or something similar.

OK, I retract that. Mean of me, sorry.

Mike_T
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:19 PM
What was the precise nature of this career ending injury? The medical terminology?

Drake1980
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:19 PM
WTF!? No! :hysteric: