Injured Henin To Miss Summer Season
Published July 06, 2010 12:00
AVE-ET-AUFFE, Belgium - At the mid-season point, Justine Henin seemed on the verge of a return to the Top 10, moving from No.16 to No.13 after a fourth round finish at Wimbledon. But a fall she suffered during that match may have put the Top 10 hopes on hold for now - she will be out through the US Open.
Henin, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, has pulled out of all summer hardcourt tournaments - including the fourth major of the year in New York - due to a right elbow injury she suffered in her Wimbledon loss to Kim Clijsters.
"I took several medical examinations that revealed a partial ligament fracture," Henin wrote on her website. "This injury will keep me away from the courts during a rough period of two months. I thank you for all your support."
Six of Henin's 43 career titles have come during the summer hardcourt season: two Toronto titles, one in San Diego, one in New Haven and two at the US Open (2003 and 2007). She won't have any ranking points to defend, however, seeing as she spent the entire 2009 season (plus most of 2008) in retirement.
To keep up with Henin in this period, visit www.justine-henin.be.