BRUSSELS, Belgium - An elbow injury she suffered at Wimbledon will force former world No. 1 star Justine Henin to miss the rest of the 2010 WTA Tour season.
The Australian Open runner-up hurt the elbow when she took a spill onto the court during her fourth-round match against reigning U.S. Open champ and fellow Belgian stalwart Kim Clijsters last month at the All England Club. Henin damaged elbow ligaments as a result of the fall.
The seven-time major champ stated on her website that she would not be able to practice again until Oct.
"I took several medical examinations and it is going in the right direction," Henin said. "But it is still a slow recovery, so I need to be patient again until the end of 2010."
Henin announced last fall that she would come out of retirement, which she announced in the spring of 2008, in order to return to the tour in time for this '10 season.
The 28-year-old star reached four finals this year, going 2-2. She secured titles in Den Bosch and Stuttgart.
Henin expects to play her first 2011 tennis at the mixed-team Hopman Cup event, which starts on January 1.