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Top-ranked player says she's made progress

8/3/2004

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.