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Deflating end to great women's tournament

What Justine Henin-Hardenne did in the Australian Open final does not take away what she has accomplished in the sport. However, as Chris Fowler writes, her decision to retire will be part of her legacy.

Updated: January 31, 2006, 2:25 PM ET
By Chris Fowler | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- I don't think what Justine Henin-Hardenne did takes away from the other things she's accomplished, I really don't.

The decision to retire because of an upset stomach, though, will be part of her legacy because it's such a rare piece of history. Four times in 100-plus years of Grand Slam women's finals this has happened, and this was the first time in 41 years.

Many players have toughed out matches when they haven't felt well or were injured much worse and ...

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