Tennis: Former world number one Justine Henin has become a mother for the first time, giving birth to a baby girl on Wednesday, whom she and her boyfriend Benoit Bertuzzo have already named Lalie. 30-year-old Henin shared this news with her fans by posting it on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
She wrote, "We were anticipating this so much, and now it has happened, this afternoon a little fairy arrived to illuminate our lives... She is called Lalie, she is in top form and we are really delighted! Justine and Benoit." The Belgian tennis star and Bertuzzo, who is a Belgian movie director by profession, are in relationship since 2011.
Henin was previously married to Pierre-Yves Hardenne. They tied the knot in 2002 and got divorced in 2007, without having any child in that five-year long relationship. Primarily, the reason behind that was Henin was too active on the WTA Tour at that time.
Henin is one of the legends of the sport. The Belgian superstar won a total of 43 singles titles including seven Grand Slam crowns. She also captured Gold Medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She remained on the top position in the rankings for a total of 117 weeks.
The right-hander made a shocking announcement in 2008, when she decided to retire from professional tennis in spite of being the top ranked player. The Belgian player made a comeback to professional tennis at the start of 2010 season and reached the final of the Australian Open.
She shared that Roger Federer’s completion of career Grand Slam and her compatriot Kim Clijsters’ successful return to the WTA Tour had inspired her to make that decision. However, Henin’s comeback did not last for too long, as she was forced to retire again in the early part of 2011 due to elbow injury she sustained at previous year’s Wimbledon.