Noone ever retired in a major final, that was very low from Henin considering how close they were before that incident.
She even tried to apologize cause she knew she lacked sportsmanship in that final.
Karma caught up to her anyway and she lost that Wimbledon final.
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This makes no sense.
If she was in pain, why would she carry on?
Margaret Court once had an opponent who retired in the third set of a final btw.
On retiring against Amelie Mauresmo in the 2006 Australian Open final and losing to her in the 2006 Wimbledon final:
"[Australia was] one of the worst memories of my career. I was criticized that I didn’t finish the match. The night had been difficult. I just wasn’t capable of playing a Grand Slam final. It just wasn’t possible, but I wanted to try. For MoMo, it was a tough moment. But for me, I felt like I was losing another opportunity to win a Grand Slam. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t play. But it’s not in my temperament. But back then, I felt superhuman, beyond the limits. It would have been tough to say I wouldn’t go on the court, so there are no regrets, I tried. But the feelings it leaves are not very good. It became too tense, I tried to talk to her [Mauresmo], but it became too tense. It's a pity.
"[At Wimbledon] I remember sitting [after winning the first set 6-2]. I never had that fire. It’s bizarre to explain, to say, ‘Hey, I’ll win the only Grand Slam I’ve never won.’ But somehow I wasn’t energized by that. Why, I have no idea. It’s not like me. I never had confidence on grass. I was convinced I wasn’t powerful enough, too small, basically."
On rumors that she retired the first time in order to avoid a suspension for doping:
"I think it goes back further. Remember when I came back from [winning the] U.S. Open in 2003, what was going on the next day? Kim’s father, some journalists, they said she can’t win everything like that. She has quads, she has arms like Serena. What does that mean, insinuate? Clearly, we’re talking about doping. But they saw what I did with [trainer] Pat Etcheberry. I got to a new level on the physical side. It was a two-year suspension, they said. And when I came back in 18 months, ‘that’s why she’s coming back.’ I knew what I was doing. It made no sense. Why did I not say anything? A lot of people along the way always advised me to be above it, to let it roll, it will pass. I don’t like that. I have a temper. I don’t like people to walk all over me. Maybe my mistake was not to go with my instincts and react immediately. It touches my integrity, you want to have that image—not image, exactly, but you want to prove you’re a clean athlete. I suffered a lot."