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Elbow injury ends Justine Henin's season

Justine Henin
Henin shows her discomfort as she receives treatment at Wimbledon

Justine Henin will miss the rest of the 2010 season to recover from the elbow injury she sustained at Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old Belgian, who returned to tennis at the beginning of this year after 18 months in retirement, hopes to resume light training in October.

But the time taken to recover from the partial ruptured ligament of her right elbow means she will now focus on 2011.

"Unfortunately the healing process is taking time. This means I must be patient," said Henin.

The former world number one, who is currently ranked 14th, reached the final of the Australian Open in January in her first Grand Slam tournament in two years.


But defeat to Australia's Samantha Stosur ended her hopes of securing a fifth French Open title and she was knocked out of Wimbledon by compatriot Kim Clijsters.

Although Henin completed her 2-6 6-2 6-3 fourth-round match at SW19, she suffered ligament damage after falling heavily in the first set.

Her first scheduled tournament in 2011 is the Hopman Cup which begins in Perth on 1 January.

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22 Sep 09 |  Tennis
Henin announces shock retirement
14 May 08 |  Tennis

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