Justine Henin withdraws from Italian Open, to be fined $20,000

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World No.1 Justine Henin has pulled out of the next week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to fatigue, and the WTA Tour said she will be fined $20,000 for the late withdrawal.

Before the ongoing Qatar Telecom German Open, Henin took a month off with a knee injury. She had hoped to restore her confidence in Berlin in time for the French Open, which she has won four times. But that didn’t happen.

Henin has struggled for form all year. On Thursday, the Belgian lost to Dinara Safina in the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open. Last month, Henin was beaten by Serena Williams at the Sony Ericsson Open with the worst score for a No. 1 player in nine years, 6-2 6-0. Also, Maria Sharapova defeated her in straight sets at the Australian Open.


  1. Now that Justine has retired so suddenly I can’t help but wonder if that ex-husband was blackmailing her. Perhaps he know something that the rest of the world would find shocking and she decided not to pay up and not give him the power to hurt her with the news. Maybe this is why she couldn’t focus and play as well as she previously had. ?????


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