In September 2012 we learned the Justine Henin and her partner Benoit Bertuzzo were to become parents in spring and today that moment has arrived: this afternoon, on March 20th, the retired seven-time Grand Slam champion gave birth to a healthy little girl named Lalie. It is her first child.
Just hours ago, Justine announced on her official Facebook page:
Nous l'attendions tellement, ça y est, cet après-midi une petite fée est venue illuminer notre vie… Elle s'appelle Lalie, est en pleine forme et nous sommes fous de joie! Justine et Benoit.
We've been expecting it so much, it's here now, this afternoon a little fairy has arrived to brighten our lives… Her name is Lalie, she's healthy and we are thrilled! Justine and Benoit
The 30-year-old Justine met Benoit in early 2011 via a mutual friend. Previously, she was married to Pierre-Yves Hardenne, from 2002 to 2007, but they didn't have children. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)