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“I have stopped telling myself that I am getting old,” says Henin.

Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are considering joining forces to play doubles at the London 2012 Olympics. The Belgian pair have both come out of retirement over the last 18 months and, despite once having a frosty relationship, could team up for 2012. To qualify for the Olympics they must play Fed Cup, which is one of the reasons that Sharapova is playing Fed Cup for Russia in 2011, and to date Henin has not signed on to participate against the US in the first round.

Both players will be 30+ in 2012, Henin’s condition is highly suspect and Clijsters will most likely be pregnant, so the chances of them playing together are at best slim to none! It will be a sad day if the WTA tour has this pair and the aging decrepit Williams sisters as their finalists at the 2012 Olympics.

“We have to get together to discuss this, see what the possibilities are and assess how far we want to go in this,” said the 27-year-old Clijsters. Henin, 28, added: “There is a real willingness to be there [the Games].” The compatriots have only once played doubles together at the highest level, when Belgium lost to Russia in the 2006 Fed Cup quarter-finals.

“I have stopped telling myself the last weeks that I am getting old, I prefer to think that I am getting more mature”. Both women have targeted the 2012 Olympic Games event at Wimbledon as a priority and Clijsters, who gave birth to daughter Jada during her two-year spell in retirement, has suggested 2012 could be her final year of tour.

And with the new season only just over three weeks away, seven-time Grand Slam champion Henin admitted she has struggled to regain full fitness.

“I have had to limit myself enormously when it comes to serve,” she said. “My goal is to progress little by little, step by step. “I take minimum risks. Each time that I stepped up the rhythm there was a backlash of inflammation in my elbow, as a result I had to slow down the last few weeks so that my elbow can adapt itself to this. “So my preparation didn’t progress that far, but that didn’t prevent me from working on a lot of things. I am not at all panicked or stressed with that in mind, there is still a couple of weeks left.

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