Injury blow for Henin
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59
Clijsters won the battle of the ‘comeback queens’ with a closely-fought 6-3 4-6 7-6 (8-6) success over her Belgian compatriot.
And Henin confirmed she suffered a left gluteal strain during the match which could put her participation in the Australian Open in doubt.
“I’m very disappointed that I can’t play the Medibank International Sydney, which I like a lot,” Henin said.
“I have played a few times in Sydney and I always enjoy playing there. Unfortunately with my injury I need to take a rest and won’t be able to play for a couple of days.
“I’m sorry for the fans who are expecting to see me there. I hope to be there next year.”
Tournament director Craig Watson expressed his disappointment, but wished Henin all the best in her recovery.
“I am sorry that Justine won’t be in Sydney this year. She is a three-time champion of the event and I know she was very much looking forward to playing at the Medibank International Sydney,” Watson said.
“She has played some amazing tennis in Brisbane this week and we wish her all the best for the Australian Open. We have nine of the top 10 women in the world playing, as well as Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua, so we are set for an outstanding week of women’s tennis.”
The Sydney International begins on Sunday with defending champion Elena Dementieva in action against Francesca Schiavone.