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Elena Baltacha, former British number one tennis player, dies of liver cancer, aged 30

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

Elena Baltacha, who has died aged 30, from liver cancer.

Elena Baltacha, who has died aged 30, from liver cancer.

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ELENA Baltacha, the former British number one tennis player, has died aged 30 of liver cancer.

The Ukraine-born player, who was raised in Scotland, announced in March this year she had the disease.

She had retired from the sport in November 2013.

Two months later and just weeks after marrying, she was diagnosed with liver cancer.

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Husband Nino Severino, who was also her coach, said: "We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally.

"She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.”

In her career Baltacha won 11 singles titles, made the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and was part of Great Britain's Fed Cup team for 11 years.

Current women's British number one Laura Robson took to Twitter to pay tribute to her "team-mate".

She tweeted: "Impossibly sad. Forever a team-mate. Sweet dreams Bally."

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  • Scroggins  |  May 05 2014, 10:12AM

    Poor girl. Liver cancer kills very quickly. My tailor had it and he died in just six weeks. I hope her family can find the support and strength they are going to need in this very difficult time for them.

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