BRUSSELS: A year after her shock retirement, Justine Henin still feels the pain of competitive tennis every morning.

"I'm broken. If it is not the knee, it is the shoulder," she said. On the other hand, every day offers the freedom to do what she wants, a release from the relentless pressure that ultimately drove her into retirement at 25 while still ranked No 1.

In spite of the chaotic state of women's tennis and the impending return of fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters, the message is simple: the7-time Grand Slam champion is happily staying put in retirement with no plans of a comeback.