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posted 26 Jan 2011, 12:06 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 26 Jan 2011, 12:08 ]

PINTO, SPAIN (JULY 26, 2010) REUTERS -   Former world number one Justine Henin has quit tennis, for a second time, after doctors advised her to end her career due to an injured elbow.

Henin, 28 and the winner of seven grand slams, became the first woman player to retire while ranked number one in the

world in May 2008 but returned early last year.

She reached the Australian Open final only weeks after her 2010 comeback, losing to American rival Serena Williams, but this year in Melbourne she suffered a painful exit against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round.

"I have unfortunately not good news," Henin, who won 43 titles and $20 million in prize money, said on her website on

Wednesday (January 26) after her spokeswoman confirmed she was quitting.

"I spent the last days undergoing various medical tests and they have confirmed that my elbow has been damaged by my adventure in Australia.

"After having well considered and following the advice of doctors, it is now clear and I accept that my career here

finally ends. Even though it's hard, very hard, while I came back with a tremendous fighting spirit."

Henin's classical style and finesse will be missed on the women's tour.