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Henin suffers broken finger

ESPN staff
April 24, 2010
Henis should be fit for next week's WTA event in Stuttgart © Getty Images

Justine Henin has been forced to withdraw from the first day of Belgium's Fed Cup match with Estonia after breaking her finger.

The 27-year-old, currently ranked No. 24 in the world, suffered the injury during training on Wednesday but did not realise the extent of her problem until the pain became too severe for her to practise on Friday.

The right-hander plays with a single-handed backhand and could still play a part in Sunday's doubles rubber, but is believed to feel Belgium's team is strong enough to perform in her absence.

Belgium captain Sabine Appelmans revealed the news of the injury. "She was at the net and the ball came over and she didn't know whether to volley it," explained Appelmans. "Instead, she took it with her hand and broke her finger."

Henin should be fit to take her place at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA event in Stuttgart next week.

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