Henin not ex­pect­ing mir­a­cles af­ter el­bow in­jury

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

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

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