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Henin upbeat about fourth French Open success

sports Updated: May 22, 2007 12:51 IST

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Women's tennis world number one Justine Henin said she was confident she could win a fourth French Open title in the past five years.

The 24-year-old Belgian has won three tournaments this campaign and admitted she was feeling even better than she had done six months ago.

"I feel very strong, stronger than I did six months ago," said Henin, who has won the WTA tournaments in Dubai, Doha and Warsaw this season.

Henin, who turns 25 on June 1, recalled how her love affair with Roland Garros started when she won the junior tournament in 1997.

"I was 15. That was already a dream come true for me. If they were to have said to me afterwards that I would win the senior title three times, I wouldn't have believed them.

"Everyone knows the warm feelings I have for this tournament," added Henin, who while watching as a child from the stands turned to her now late mother and promised her she would win the senior tournament.

Henin, who unlike her recently retired compatriot Kim Clijsters swears she will continue at the highest level for 4-5 years, was here to lay the foundations for a tennis academy 'The sixth sense' for a group of male tennis players, who will be knwon as the 'Just in Team' which will become reality on October 1.

"I needed to create something with Carlos (Rodriguez her coach) that would not mean I lose touch with the sport after I retire as a player," said Henin.