It’s been 24 hours of highly unusual retirements.
Then tennis star Justine Henin topped Sorenstam this morning. She’s retiring immediately — “taking the scissors to her own strings,” as The Daily Telegraph puts it — while ranked number one in the world. And less than two weeks before the French Open, the major she was favored to win a fourth consecutive time.
Sorenstam is 37, Henin 25. Everything speeds up in the 21st century, just like the sci-fi writers said it would.