24 Sep 2009

Henin vows to return to the top of tennis

5:47 am on 24 September 2009

Former world women's tennis number one Justine Henin has vowed to return to the top of the game after deciding to come out of self-imposed retirement.

The 7-time Grand Slam winner says today she's aware that there is more than just tennis, but tennis is what she does best and at 27 she's still physically capable.

Henin says the hard work starts now and she's going to have to get back the confidence and go through stages which she's forgotten about.

Surprise US Open winner Kim Clijsters hailed as "fantastic" the return to the circuit of a fellow Belgian and great rival.

Clijsters triumphed at Flushing Meadows earlier this month after an 18-month break to have a baby while Henin announced her return yesterday after more than a year off.

Clijsters says for tennis it's fantastic to see her come back.