Elena Baltacha dies of liver cancer

Elena Baltacha attends a training session before the start of the London 2012 Olympics Credit: Reuters

Former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer, aged 30, her family have announced.

Baltacha was British number one for nearly three years, only retired from the sport in 2013 and was diagnosed with a rare liver condition when she was 19.

She managed the condition throughout her career with medication and regular blood tests and went on to win 11 singles titles.

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Tennis star Elena Baltacha dies of liver cancer, aged 30

Former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer, aged 30, her family have announced.