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Henin granted Sydney wild card

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:57

The Belgian, who won seven grand slams and 41 titles overall before retiring at the top of her game in May last year, will join a top-class women’s field which features nine of the world’s top 10 players – including Serena Williams, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki and Elena Dementieva.

Henin, who held the number one ranking for 117 weeks, announced her comeback to professional tennis in September after 15 months on the sidelines. Her first tournament will be in Brisbane in the first week of January.

“The women’s draw is very impressive and it will be great to get some tough, competitive matches at the Medibank International before heading to Melbourne (for the Australian Open),” said Henin, a three-time winner in Sydney.

Tournament director Craig Watson added: “We are thrilled to have Justine returning to the Medibank International.

“She has always been a very popular figure in Sydney and as a three-time champion of the event, she will certainly be a crowd favourite in January.”

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