27 Jan 2011

Justine Henin retires again with elbow problem

6:18 am on 27 January 2011

Former women's tennis world number one Justine Henin of Belgium has retired for a second time, citing a recurrent elbow problem.

Henin says her doctors are agreed that her elbow is too damaged to be able to continue at a high level.

The 28-year-old first laid down her racket in May 2008 after 100 weeks as world number one, having won seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Open titles, one Australian Open title, and two US Open titles.

Henin returned in Brisbane at the start of last year and reached the Australian Open final, but she lost at Melbourne this season in the third round to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova and hadn't played a tournament since Wimbledon in late June, when she suffering the career-threatening right elbow injury when losing to countrywoman Kim Clijsters in the fourth round.