Elena Baltacha diagnosed with liver cancer

Ex-British No1 Elena Baltacha is diagnosed with cancer of the liver following her retirement from tennis

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Former British No1 Elena Baltacha Photo: Marianne Bevis

Former British No1 Elena Baltacha has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.

The 30-year-old Scot, who reached a career-high ranking of 49 in 2010, announced her retirement from tennis back in November.

Elena and her husband Nino would like to thank everyone for their continued support

LTA statement

“I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. I’m currently undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have,” said Baltacha.

An LTA statement added: “Elena and her husband Nino would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”

Fed Cup captain Judy Murray said: “Obviously this is a tough time for Bally, Nino and her family but she is a such a determined, upbeat person and everyone around her is staying positive as well.

“I know she’ll be really grateful for all the support that she’s getting.”

Baltacha won 11 singles titles and reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and the same stage of the Australian Open, in 2005 and 2010.

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