Tennis: Henin receives wild card for Indian Wells

5th February 2010, Comments 0 comments

Australian Open runner-up Justine Henin has received a wild card entry to the BNP Paribas Open ATP and WTA hardcourt tournament here in March.

INDIAN WELLS - The former world number one from Belgium, a seven-time major champion, won the tournament in 2004.

She'll be making her first appearance in Indian Wells since 2006.

Henin retired in May 2008, but has played in two tournaments since returning to the WTA Tour in January.

She reached the finals in Brisbane, and lost in the final of the Australian Open to American Serena Williams.

Other former champions in the Indian Wells field include Switzerland's Roger Federer, defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The women's field includes Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and defending champion Vera Zvonareva.

The tournament is from March 8-21.

Nadal, who was forced out of the Australian Open with a knee injury, was to miss the tournament this month in Rotterdam, but could be fit for Spain's Davis Cup tie against Switzerland on March 5-7 and for Indian Wells.


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