Former British Tennis Star Elena Baltacha dies at 30

Elena Baltacha, who retired from professional tennis in 2013, died of liver cancer.

updated: May 05, 2014 13:32 IST
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London: Former British number one Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer at the age of 30, it was announced on Sunday.

Born in Ukraine and brought up in Scotland, Baltacha revealed she had the illness in March, having being diagnosed in January.

Baltacha, who was British number one for nearly three years, only retired from professional tennis in 2013.

"We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally," said her husband Nino Severino in a statement published by the BBC.

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