Is Serena Thankful for Henin Upstaging Her?

My goodness. What a difference a week makes.

Just a week ago the tennis world was all abuzz over what, if anything, should be done about the “incident”. But that’s all been forgotten as Justine Henin’s return is now the real news and what it will mean, if anything, to the sport.

Serena is currently promoting her new book “On the Line”, but is still having to face questions about the “incident” during her media tour. Check out her recent interview with NPR here. Meanwhile the tennis press, most of whom were ready to banish Serena from the game, are too busy debating the pros and cons of the return of the tiny dynamo from Belgium and what the word “retirement” really means.

Currently Serena is 7-6 lifetime against Henin, their last meeting in the quarters of Miami in 2008 where Serena won easily 6-2, 6-0. Whereas the other comeback kid, Kim Clijsters, will probably not seek the number one ranking again in lieu of her family commitments, I’m sure Justine would love nothing more than to be “queen of the world”. And don’t forget that the last match Henin lost was to the current, yet still disputed, number one, Dinara Safina, whose mind probably went into a coma at the news of Henin’s return.

I doubt Serena and Justine were “best buds” although Serena has said in the past that Justine was one of the few players who could “push her” in a match. But right now, I’m sure Serena is a tiny bit glad to share the tennis spotlight, even if it does burn sometimes.


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