5 14 2008 12128 l - Henin set to announce retirement

Henin set to announce retirement

BRUSSELS: World number one Justine Henin could be set to stun the tennis world by announcing her retirement, Belgian media reported on Wednesday.

The Olympic champion, who pulled out of the Rome Masters this week blaming tiredness, will hold a press conference this afternoon in Belgium to explain all the mounting rumours concerning her future.

One Flemish newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, citing "a reliable source", categorically stated that she will announce her immediate retirement from the game.

For the Vers l'Avenir newspaper group's internet site she plans to retire either now or after trying to defend her Roland Garros title or even after the Beijing Olympics.

On Tuesday La Derniere Heure suggested she would simply be taking time out for several months.

The press conference is planned for late Wednesday afternoon in Limelette in central Belgium.