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Justine Henin welcomes baby girl, Lalie; Kim Clijsters expecting a boy

Justin Henin Justin Henin posted a Facebook photo of her baby daughter Sunday.

Do we have the makings of a Belgium's mixed doubles entry for the 2032 Olympics?

Justine Henin and husband her partner Benoit Bertuzzo announced the birth of their daughter, Lalie, last Wednesday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion posted the first public photos of the happy family on Facebook.

"We were anticipating this so much, and now it has happened," Henin wrote in French. "This afternoon a little fairy arrived to illuminate our lives... She is called Lalie, she is in top form and we are really delighted!"

While Henin welcomed a girl, longtime rival Kim Clijsters is expecting a boy. Clijsters announced she was expecting a second child in February and her husband, Brian Lynch, tweeted Monday that a trip to the doctor's office revealed they're anticipating a little brother for Jada.

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So will little baby Lailie have a one-handed backhand? Will baby boy Clijsters be blessed with the flexibility of his mom and the height of his basketball-playing dad? Will Jada overshadow them both and offer drama-free dominance of the WTA for a prolonged period of time? Probably not. But it's all awfully fun to think about.

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