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Justine Henin-Hardenne

Armed with perhaps the best one-hand backhand ever in women's tennis, she could win the biggest award for her country.
By HT Correspondent | PTI
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2004 07:32 PM IST

Born: June 1, 1982
Country: Belgium 
Weight: 57.2 kgs
Height: 165 cm
Event: Tennis

Records:
French Open (2003): Winner
US Open (2003): Winner
Australian Open (2004): Winner
Wimbledon (2004): Winner

Armed with perhaps the best one-hand backhand ever in women's tennis, popularly known as the "Belgian Backhand", she won the French and US Opens last year en route to the year-end No 1 ranking and crowning it with a Wimbledon victory.

She became her nation's first Grand Slam singles champion when she prevailed at the 2003 French Open beating her Belgian compatriot Kim Clijsters.

Pickup up from where she left off, Henin-Hardenne began the 2004 season with victory at the Australian Open, defeating Clijsters in the final but in February, she had to withdraw from an event because of an upper respiratory ailment.

She has been hampered by her ailment but she is her country’s best bet for the highest award, ie a gold medal for the country at the Olympics.

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