Justine Henin will be a no show at this year’s US Open. Via her website (I suspect someone used Google translate):
Following my fall at Wimbledon tournament in 8th final, I took several medical examinations that have revealed a ligament partial fracture at the right elbow. Therefore, I regret to announce you that I can’t unfortunately play in Best of Belgium this July 8th. I’ll be nevertheless present for this wonderful Belgian event which is important to me.
This injury will keep me away from the courts during a rough period of 2 months with the consequence the withdrawal of my US round included US Open. (Translation, no US Open Series, no US Open)
In 4 weeks, I’ll take complementary medical examinations that will give me certainty about the end of this season.
I really thank you for your understanding and your support.
Serena Williams will be replacing Justine at the much-anticipated exhibition in Belgium, taking on Kim Clijsters in front of what was expected to be a record setting crowd of over 30,500 people (via Tennis.com)
So did Serena have to change her citizenship?
It’s a bummer to see the injury problems effect the top players at the top events. Nadal had to retire at the Australian Open, Del Potro has been AWOL for most of the season, Kim Clijsters missed the French and now Justine Henin won’t be in New York. Everyone else on tour – rest up!