Robson, Navratilova and more: Twitter pays tribute to Baltacha

Laura Robson and Martina Navratilova lead the tributes for Elena Baltacha after the Brit dies aged 30

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Elena Baltacha died on Sunday morning Photo: Marianne Bevis

Laura Robson led the tributes to former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha, who died aged 30 after a short battle with liver cancer.

Baltacha was British number one from December 2009 to June 2012 and won 11 titles, breaking into the world’s top 50 in 2010.

Here is a selection of the most touching tweets from her former team-mates, opponents and admirers.

Former Fed Cup team-mate Laura Robson (‏@laurarobson5): “Impossibly sad. Forever a teammate. Sweet dreams Bally.

Legend Martina Navratilova (‏@Martina): “So sad to hear of Elena Baltacha’s passing- my thoughts are with her family and loved ones, gone much much too soon…”

Belgian Kim Clijsters (‏@Clijsterskim): “So sad to wake up to the terrible news of Elena passing away! RIP Bally! Thinking about her loved ones …”

Fellow Brit Heather Watson ‏(@HeatherWatson92): “We’ve lost our lovely Bally, too young. Rest in peace. My thought are with Nino and all of her family xx”

Danish star Caroline Wozniacki (‏@CaroWozniacki): “So sad to hear about Elena Baltacha! RIP! Thoughts go out to her family and loved ones!”

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki ‏(@sabinelisicki): “Such tragic news with Elena Baltacha. Battling cancer and passing away at only age 30… #RIP”

Finally, Ana Ivanovic ‏(@AnaIvanovic): “So sad to hear about Elena. Tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with family… #RIPBally”

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