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Elena Baltacha dies from liver cancer

Elena was diagnosed with liver cancer in January Credit: PA

Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha has died aged 30.

Elena, who was based in Ipswich, was diagnosed with liver cancer in January, two months after retiring from the professional game.

She was British No. 1 for 132 weeks, from December 2009 to June 2012.

Her family released a statement saying she passed away on Sunday morning.

Her husband and coach Nino Severino said:

"We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally."

She recently set up the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis (EBAT) to give more children, from all backgrounds, the opportunity to learn to play tennis.

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