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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.

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'Rally for Bally' to be held in honour of tennis star

Great Britain's Elena Baltacha in action against Italy's Flavia Pennetta during day one of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Credit: John Walton/PA Archive

An all-star line up of fundraising exhibition matches for a Rally Against Cancer charity even will take place next month in honour of British tennis star Elena Baltacha.

Her childhood friend Andy Murray had committed to play in the event along with the likes of Martina Navratilova, and Tim Henman, and the money raised will go to the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Her agent and friend Eleanor Preston said the fundraiser next month will be an opportunity to celebrate everything the tennis star achieved.

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