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Former British tennis number one reveals she has liver cancer

Former British number one Elena Baltacha has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver and said she will "fight this illness with everything I have".

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Baltacha was diagnosed with a liver condition at 19

At the age of 19 former British tennis number one Elena Baltacha was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which affects the immune system.

Elena Baltacha. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

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

She has been a patron of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation since 2010.

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