Henin, Safin elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Posted: Mar 08, 2016 10:33 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Justine Henin and Marat Safin have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

With a classic one-handed backhand, Henin won seven Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic gold medal and helped Belgium win its first Fed Cup championship. She spent 117 weeks ranked No. 1 and finished the 2003, 2006 and 2007 seasons in the top spot.

Henin won four French Opens, two U.S. Opens and one Australian Open despite a small frame in a game increasingly dominated by power.

The enigmatic Safin earned two major titles — at the 2000 U.S. Open and 2005 Australian Open — and briefly reached No. 1.

Also in the Hall's Class of 2016: Yvon Petra and Margaret Scriven were posthumously elected in the master player category.