Elena Baltacha has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.



Former British No 1 Elena Baltacha has revealed she
has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
The 30-year-old said in a statement: “I have recently
been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. I’m currently
undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with
everything I have.”
Judy Murray, captain of the Great Britain Federation
Cup team, said: “Obviously this is a tough time for
Bally, her husband 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 retired from the circuit last year after
struggling to overcome a series of injuries.
Following her retirement, Baltacha developed an
academy for junior players in Ipswich.
The daughter of former Ipswich, St Mirren and
Inverness footballer Sergei, she reached a career-high
world ranking of 49 in 2010, and beat the likes of Li Na
and Francesca Schiavone.
Baltacha, a hugely popular player on the circuit, was
British No 1 from December 2009 to June 2012 – 132
weeks – and she won 11 ITF titles.
She played 39 times for Britain in the Fed Cup from
2003 to 2012 and was also part of Team GB at the
London 2012 Olympics.
She was diagnosed at the age of 19 with primary
sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which
compromises the immune system.


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