Henin poised to announce comeback

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Former world number one Justine Henin is poised to announce her comeback to professional tennis 16 months after she retired, Belgian media reported on Tuesday.

"I am moved, and very relieved as well, because it is true that I have wanted to share this with the public for a few weeks," Henin told the Belgian broadcaster RTL on Tuesday.

"It is a decision which makes me happy. It is a big decision in my life," added the 27-year-old.

The Belgian, who retired in May 2008 at the age of 25 saying she no longer had any passion for the game, had been scheduled to play exhibitions in Dubai and Belgium in November and December.

Speculation has grown that Henin was considering a competitive comeback with Belgian media reporting she had increased her training and recently ordered 14 tennis rackets.

Henin herself has also softened her stance about a return from a repeatedly firm "no".

The seven-time Grand Slam winner has also witnessed the return of compatriot Kim Clijsters, who won the U.S. Open a week ago after just a month back on the professional circuit.

Henin, who won 41 titles after turning professional in 1999, was credited with owning the best backhand in the sport and also bucked a trend towards a power game by taller and stronger women with her slight 1.67 meter frame.

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