Top-ranked player says she's made progress

Updated: August 3, 2004, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Justine Henin-Hardenne has recovered enough from a viral infection to play in the Athens Olympics, where the top-ranked Belgian will be a gold-medal favorite.

Henin-Hardenne had been weakened by an energy-sapping infection since April and has played in only one tournament since -- the French Open, where she was eliminated in the second round.

"Justine made good progress," her Web site said Tuesday. "The last few days she has been able to work out as before the virus hit her."

Countrywoman Kim Clijsters is out with a wrist injury but had said she would not participate in Athens because of a sponsorship conflict.

The Olympic singles competition is Aug. 15-22.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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