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Henin given Aussie Open wildcard

Justine Henin
Henin beat Kim Clijsters to win the Australian Open in 2004

Former world number one Justine Henin has been granted a wildcard for the Australian Open in January.

The Belgian, 27, announced in September that she would come out of retirement in 2010 after less than two years away.

And tournament director Craig Tiley has confirmed that 2004 champion Henin will play in the first Grand Slam of 2010.

"I spoke to Justine's team over the weekend and was happy to grant her request for a wildcard into the Australian Open," said Tiley.

"Justine is the ultimate competitor, the winner of seven Grand Slam titles, and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to the Australian Open.

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"I know Justine will not have made the decision to come out of retirement lightly and have no doubt she will be in great shape and prepared to compete against the world's best."

Henin is expected to make her return to competitive tennis at the Brisbane International, starting on 3 January, ahead of the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on 18 January.



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