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Henin retires on top of rankings after early-season slump

Updated: May 14, 2008, 8:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LIMELETTE, Belgium -- The determination that helped Justine Henin beat bigger, stronger opponents time and again was fading.

"I decided," Henin said, "to stop fooling myself and accept it."

Henin retired from tennis Wednesday at age 25, an abrupt ending to a career in which she won seven Grand Slam singles titles and spent more than 100 weeks ranked No. 1.

She announced her decision at a news conference one and a half weeks before the start of the French Open, where she ...

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