'Grown up' Henin says tennis back in focus ahead of Australian Open

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Sydney, Jan 16 (ANI): Belgian comeback queen Justine Henin, who has returned after a 20-month break from the sport, is confident to give her 200 percent during the Australian Open.

Henin's remarkable tennis career, which netted seven grand slams and 19 million dollars in prize money, hasn't always been at peace in her off-court life.

The 27-year-old Belgian's personal life has had its difficulties, a failed marriage and strained family relationships.

Just prior to the 2008 French Open, Henin quit the sport abruptly, citing a need to find a life outside tennis.

"I don't think things are going to be the same as before because I learned a lot of things in the last 18 months, a lot of things about myself. I wouldn't say I've changed, but I probably grew up," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Henin, as saying.

"I realised that I was somebody else, except being only a tennis player, and this person is really important to me now. So now I think that I'm going to be as engaged as I was before, focused, concentrate 200 per cent on my job. But I know there is something else," she added.

Henin takes on fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the first round. (ANI)

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