On May 14, 2008, just weeks before she would have gone for a fourth straight French Open title, Justine Henin dropped a bombshell on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour: she was done. For the first time, a reigning world No.1 retired from the sport. On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 16 months and one week later - the Belgian announced her comeback.
"I've been able to recharge my batteries, emotionally as well," Henin said on Tuesday. "Subconsciously, [Kim Clijsters winning the US Open] might have had an impact, but it certainly was not the most important reason.
"The fire within burns again. I want to come back in January."