Tramlines catches up with Elena Baltacha


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Tramlines recently caught up with British
number one Elena Baltacha for a chat about the past 12 months.

The Ukraine-born Scot enjoyed her most
successful season to date in 2010 and moved up the rankings from world number
87 at the beginning of the year to 55.

The 27-year-old also racked up victories
over top 10 players Li Na and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the course
of the year, as well as reaching the quarter-finals in Memphis (before losing
to eventual champion Maria Sharapova), Eastbourne (losing to world number five
Sam Stosur) and Istanbul (where she was defeated by Germany's Andrea Petkovic).

And you can see what Baltacha had to say
about her season, as well as her plans for the early stages of next year, by
clicking on the video below.


Winner: "google image surinam
toads..... possibly the ugliest creature on the planet ..... thanks to @brooklynddecker for
bringing to my attn" - Andy Roddick gives us an insight as to what
he and his wife get up to in their spare time! For the record, TL completely
agrees with him.

Runner-up: "I've despised 2010.
Everything that could go wrong this year did. Can u end already 2010?" -
The injured Serena Williams is apparently not sad to see the back of

Wooden spoon: "How long can the Simpsons still be in grade school?" - Brad Gilbert asks the question we're
all thinking. Come on, give us a break, there's not too much tennis to discuss
during the off-season!


Congratulations to dam5419 for his
winning entry for the new caption competition for the picture below:

"I know you're a great tennis player
Roger, but have you seen Mamma Mia? I bet you can't sing like I can!"


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As promised dam5419 will get his
chance to wax lyrical - for 100 words anyway - about any tennis topic he so
chooses. Email your words to, dam5419, and they will go up in next week's

this week's competition, TL have found this picture of Kim Clijsters and Vera
Zvonareva at the US Open. Leave your suggested captions below and TL will pick
the best one next week.

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