Henin not expecting miracles after elbow injury
PERTH: Former world No.1 Justine Henin admits she is probably six months away from recapturing her best form, as she prepares for her second Antipodean comeback in as many years.
The seven-times Grand Slam winner took almost two years off from tennis to grapple with her personal life before coming back at this year's Australian Open in January, amazingly reaching the final, where she was beaten by Serena Williams in three sets.
Just under 12 months on and this time Henin is preparing to return from a serious elbow injury that threatened to end her career for good.
The 28-year-old Belgian has not played competitively since injuring her right elbow in her fourth round loss to countrywoman Kim Clijsters at Wimbledon in June.
Now ranked 12th in the world, Henin will take her first steps in her latest return at the mixed teams Hopman Cup, starting in Perth on Saturday, ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Speaking in Perth Wednesday, Henin said she was a long way short of the fitness she needed to consistently win tournaments again.
"I hope I can build my condition this year by playing tournaments, and hope to be really ready around June-July, which would be great for me," she said. "My elbow is getting better. It is six months since the injury and I can't say I am 100 per cent. "I am working very hard on it and I spend two hours every day on my rehabilitation. -Reuters