World number one Justine Henin-Hardenne is hopeful of competing in the Athens Olympics next month.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
Brussels:World number one Justine Henin-Hardenne is hopeful of competing in the Athens Olympics next month, her coach Carlos Rodriguez said on her website today. The 22-year-old Belgian has been out of action since April because of a lingering virus but returned to action to unsuccessfully defend her French Open title last month and has not played since. Rodriguez said that Henin-Hardenne "seems to be showing signs of recovery". "Her state of health is improving favourably," he said. "Justine has been feeling much better for the past two to three days. She has less problems concentrating and the recurring fatigue is disappearing. These are encouraging signs," he added. Henin-Hardenne has stressed that she will not return to the game until she is at her peak fitness, with her husband Pierre-Yves Hardenne telling the Belgian press that she will not compete in any tournament before Athens. Henin-Hardenne reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon last year but it remains the only Grand Slam event she has not won. She won the French Open and US Open in 2003 and the Australian Open at the start of this year. But she did not play for six weeks prior to the French Open because of a virus. At Roland Garros she was then beaten in the second round by Tathiana Garbin. (AP)