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Tennis world pays tribute to Elena ‘Bally’ Baltacha

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The world of tennis is in mourning following the death of Elena Baltacha at the age of just 30.

[BALTACHA DIES OF CANCER AGED 30]

Former British number one Baltacha was a top 50 player in her prime but injuries and illness derailed her career, which ended prematurely in late 2013.

Only a few months later she was diagnosed with liver cancer, having battled a liver condition called Primary sclerosing cholangitis since her late teens. She had got married just a few weeks before.

Four months later the popular Brit passed away, leading to former team-mates, rivals, coaches and pundits to express their sadness.

Nino Severino, Elena's husband and former coach, said:

"We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness."

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