Henin joins growing list of athletes departing before their time is up

Justine Henin is the latest top-notch athlete to hang it up far too early.

Updated: May 14, 2008, 9:28 PM ET
By Brett Edgerton | ESPN Research

Justine Henin's stunning retirement at the age of 25 was astounding, considering her status as the world's No. 1 tennis player and the fact that the French Open -- of which she is the three-time defending champion -- is less than two weeks away.

However, she is not the first to retire in the prime of a career. Twenty-fours hours before Henin, Annika Sorenstam, who has played brilliantly in 2008, announced her exit from golf, effective at year's end.

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