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Baltacha faces Italian at Wimbledon

Elena Baltacha start her Wimbledon campaign against Flavia Pennetta
Elena Baltacha will start her Wimbledon campaign against Flavia Pennetta Credit: PA

Ipswich tennis star Elena Baltacha will get her Wimbledon campaign underway against Italy's Flavia Pennetta on Monday.

The 29-year-old was handed a wildcard for this year's event and will now face Pennetta in the first round.

Baltacha will be appearing in the singles competition for the 12th time in her career, and goes into the tournament in good form after winning the Aegon Nottingham Challenge last week.

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Baltacha unsure of future after Wimbledon exit

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Elena Baltacha struggled against Petra Kvitova Credit: PA

Ipswich tennis star, Elena Baltacha says she is considering her future on a 'week-by-week' basis after being knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round yesterday.

She struggled from the off against defending champion Petra Kvitova, the Czech taking the first set 6-0 in just 22 minutes.

Baltacha put up more of a fight in the second set, but eventually went down 6-0, 6-4.

Speaking last night, she said: "Last year I said I was going to retire after the Olympics, but I think I'm going to take it on a week-by-week basis.

"If I still really enjoy it, if I still believe I'm improving and I still love it, then I'll carry on.

"I still enjoy competing and at the moment I want to keep going, but I don't want to put any pressure on myself."

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Suffolk's Elena bows out on first day of French Open

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Britain's Elena Baltacha is knocked out of French Open tennis tournament. Credit: AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

Suffolk tennis player Elena Baltacha has been knocked out of the French Open on the first day.

The British Women's number one from Ipswich faced a tough opening match against the World number six Samantha Stosur. Baltacha found the Australian too tough, going down 6-4, 6-0.

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