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Henin bonds with 'Sveta' but Clijsters feud lingers

World number one Justine Henin has revealed Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova is virtually her only friend on the women's tour and indicated her long-running feud with compatriot Kim Clisters lingers.

sports Updated: Jan 18, 2008 19:17 IST

World number one Justine Henin has revealed Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova is virtually her only friend on the women's tour and indicated her long-running feud with compatriot Kim Clisters lingers.

The Australian Open top seed spoke of her friendship with world number two Kuznetsova after reaching the tournament's fourth round with a tough win over Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

"Sveta and I really have a great relationship and a lot of respect," Henin said of the popular Kuznetsova.

"She's a very good tennis player, but a great person too, probably really one of the only players I have good contacts with in the locker room."

Henin said she had no contact with fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, who retired last year to start a family.

The pair had a long-running feud dating back to 2003, when Clijsters accused Henin of gamesmanship and her father reportedly questioned the current world number one's dramatic physical improvement.

"No, no, no," Henin replied when asked if she spoke to Clijsters.

"I just heard she's pregnant and it's very soon. I wish her the best. But we didn't speak for a long time now."