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Henin, Sorenstam walk away on their terms

Updated: May 14, 2008, 3:48 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Annika Sorenstam, generally accepted as one of the finest golfers of the modern age, is retiring from the women's pro tour at age 37, although she carefully avoids using what she calls the "r-word." Justine Henin, the current No. 1 player in women's pro tennis, is retiring from the tour immediately at age 25, a decision she calls "definitive."

Aside from the shock value of having two top-tier female athletes hang it up in the span of 24 hours, what do the events have in common? Not just ...

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