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Pam Shriver, owner of 22 Grand Slam doubles titles, has seen it all. That's why she said she wasn't all that surprised by Justine Henin's retirement announcement on Wednesday."It's not that big a shock, not really," Shriver said. "Think about her other patterns. Illness and injury, coupled with her intensity. And she's been through just about everything you can go through personally. I think you have something like Kim [Clijsters retiring at the age of 23], and you think about the possibilities. "At the end of day, she needs the break." That said, Shriver is not convinced that we have seen the last of a competitive Henin, who turns 26 on June 1. "In the end, I never discount anyone coming back," Shriver said. "At this moment, she needs to take all the pressure off. When someone announces this and they're in their mid-20s, I always say it's 50-50. With Justine, it might be better than that." Shriver ran through the long list of would-be retirements, from Martina Hingis to Lindsay Davenport to Tracy Austin to former doubles partner Martina Navratilova. "Martina announced her retirement in her late 30s and she kept going," Shriver noted. "Even [Bjorn] Borg fiddled around with the idea of coming back. "I say there's a good chance we'll see her again."
-- Greg Garber
|One of the most tenacious players ever, Henin will not be defending her three-time French Open crown.|
One can't keep the fire burning. The other saw a new chapter. Justine Henin and Annika Sorenstam both ended up at the same place: retirement. Mark Kreidler