Henin-Hardenne brushes of criticism

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin-Hardenne attracted widespread international media criticism over the weekend for failing to finish her Australian Open final against Amélie Mauresmo.

30 January 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin-Hardenne attracted widespread international media criticism over the weekend for failing to finish her Australian Open final against Amélie Mauresmo.

Trailing trailed 6-1, 2-0 in Melbourne on Saturday night, Henin-Hardenne played just two points of the ninth game before she walked forward, leant on the net and — through tears — said she could not go on.

The reason: Henin-Hardenne's stomach had reacted badly to anti-inflammatory medication she'd been taking for a week to help cure a shoulder problem.

And amid the cries of “unprofessional”, Henin-Hardenne just sat there weeping, eventually admitting: "Everyone has a right to think that [I should have finished the match]".

"But it's my health. I just have to think about myself right now. It's me that was feeling the bad way I was. I don't care what these people would say," she added.

It is important also to note that coach Carlos Rodriguez had wanted Henin-Hardenne to quit midway through the first set.

And amid the anti-climax was also the first Grand Slam victory for Frenchwoman Mauresmo, who played superbly in the first nine games of the final as she worked towards a magical achievement.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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