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Henin and Clijsters consider London alliance

ESPN staff
December 10, 2010
Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are considering pairing up for the Olympics © PA Photos

Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin could team up to play women's doubles in the London 2012 Olympics.

The Belgian pair, who have both made successful comebacks to the sport, are fierce rivals but are willing to put aside their differences in an attempt to dethrone defending champions Venus and Serena Williams.

Henin, who has not played since June after injuring her elbow during her defeat to Clijsters at Wimbledon, returned to action in an exhibition match against her compatriot on Thursday. She lost to the US Open champion 6-1 3-6 10-5 in a super tiebreak, but the 2004 Olympic gold medallist revealed the pair were both keen to link up.

"There is a real willingness to be there," Henin said. "We can already think about it. Everything is open to consider this."

Clijsters hinted 2012 would be her last season in the sport and admitted there would be some scheduling issues to overcome.

"2012 is still far away and we have not seen each other since July," Clijsters said. "But we will certainly talk about it. Obviously for the Olympics, it would be beautiful. It would be nice to go out in such a way."

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