Sunday 18 February 2018

henin sights on dream finale

Justine Henin has described her run to the final of the Australian Open as "more than a dream" as she aims to win a Grand Slam less than a month after returning from retirement.

The 27-year-old Belgian is playing just her second tournament after calling an end to her 20-month retirement earlier this month.

Her return has been remarkable as she reached the final of the WTA tournament in Brisbane in her first event back before being handed a wild-card entry to the season-opening Grand Slam.

Without a seeding, the seven-time Major winner has had to progress through the draw the hard way but has still come through with flying colours to eliminate the likes of world No 5 Elena Dementieva, Yanina Wickmayer (16) and Nadia Petrova (19).

Her hardest task looms, however, in today's showpiece when she must overcome defending champion and world No 1 Serena Williams to complete a dream return.

"It's a special occasion, but I see it as an opportunity to play the No 1 player in the world in a Grand Slam final," she said. "It's more than a dream for me. It's a perfect challenge. "

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