Ipswich-based retired tennis player Elena Baltacha has revealed she's fighting liver cancer.
Andy Murray's mum, Judy has been visiting Ipswich to promote the game of tennis in the East.
Ipswich player beaten in straight sets by Australian Samantha Stosur
Former tennis star Elena Baltacha has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and said she will "fight this illness with everything I have".
More to follow.
Ipswich tennis star Elena Baltacha has told the Lawn Tennis Association that "it feels like the right time" to being her tennis career to a close.
The former British number one announced her retirement from the sport with immediate effect this morning.
– Elena Baltacha, former professional tennis player
"It just feels it's the right time. My body has taken such a bruising over the last 16 years and that's finally taken its toll.
I have had some amazing experiences through playing tennis and I wouldn’t change any of them but now my mind and my body are telling me it’s time to move on to a new phase of my life.
I am very committed to my Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT), which I started with my coach Nino Severino. We believe that no matter what background you are from, that all children, rich or poor, should have the opportunity to play tennis. "
Ipswich tennis star and former British number one Elena Baltacha has announced her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect.
The 30-year-old broke into the world's top 50 at the height of her playing career back in 2010, but has struggled for form in recent times.
Baltacha hopes to remain in tennis, with her commitment now likely to be focussed on her tennis academy.
Andy Murray's mum Judy has been in the region today to promote the sport of tennis.
She visited the Ipswich sports club, where youngsters from the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis were playing.
Judy Murray is a patron of the charity which Elena runs with her coach Nino Severino.
Elena Baltacha has confirmed she will return to professional tennis within 2 weeks after recovering from injury problems.
She made her announcement during a coaching session in Suffolk, attended by Andy Murray's mum Judy, in support of Elena's EBAT charity which aims to make tennis more accessible.
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Elena Baltacha has been forced to pull out of her second qualifying round match against Laura Robson at the AEGON International after suffering a neck injury.
Baltacha is optimistic about making a swift recovery and is still hoping to play doubles alongside Fed Cup team-mate Anne Keothavong.
“I'm very disappointed because I was really looking forward to playing Laura. My neck was really sore during practice earlier today and the even though the WTA physios worked hard to try to get me ready to play, in the end I had no choice but to pull out of the match."