Henin-Hardenne brushes of criticism 30 January 2006 BRUSSELS — Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin-Hardenne attracted widespread international media criticism over the weekend for failing to finish her Australian Open final against Amélie Mauresmo. Trailing trailed 6-1, 2-0 in Melbourne on Saturday night, Henin-Hardenne played just two points of the ninth game before she walked forward, leant on the net and — through tears — said she could not go on. The reason: Henin-Hardenne's stomach had reacted badly to anti-inflammatory medication she'd been taking for a week to help cure a shoulder problem. And amid the cries of “unprofessional”, Henin-Hardenne just sat there weeping, eventually admitting: "Everyone has a right to think that [I should have finished the match]". "But it's my health. I just have to think about myself right now. It's me that was feeling the bad way I was. I don't care what these people would say," she added. It is important also to note that coach Carlos Rodriguez had wanted Henin-Hardenne to quit midway through the first set. And amid the anti-climax was also the first Grand Slam victory for Frenchwoman Mauresmo, who played superbly in the first nine games of the final as she worked towards a magical achievement.