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Henin poised for comeback too, but will she do a Clijsters?

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Former world number one Justine Henin is poised to announce her comeback to professional tennis 16 months after she retired, Belgian media reported on Tuesday.

Henin, 27, will make the announcement on the evening news shows of French-language stations RTBF and RTL in Belgium, a number of newspapers reported.

The Belgian, who retired in May 2008 at the age of 25 saying she no longer had any passion for the game, had been scheduled to play exhibitions in Dubai and Belgium in November and December.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner has witnessed the return of compatriot Kim Clijsters, who won the U.S. Open a week ago after just a month back on the professional circuit after starting a family.

Think Clijsters is world’s most famous Belgian? Not so fast…

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tintinI was very disappointed to log on to FamousBelgians.net this morning and see nary a mention of Kim Clijsters. How much more famous can a Belgian get?

According to the interweb’s leading authority on all things Flanders and Walloon, the world’s most famous Belgian is, currently, Eddy Merckx, who last raced professionally about 20 years ago.

Clijsters reminds us what we’ve been missing

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Venus Williams must wish Kim Clijsters had stayed retired and enjoyed a relaxing life as a millionaire mum.

The Belgian returned to grand slam action for the first time in 31 months and has left each and every one of her opponents at the U.S. Open embarrassed.

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