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Tennis: Former British No.1 Baltacha fighting liver cancer

Published on Mar 8, 2014 6:48 AM
 
Elena Baltacha of Britain hitting a return to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 28, 2013. Former British number one Elena Baltacha revealed on Friday that she is battling liver cancer. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Former British number one Elena Baltacha revealed on Friday that she is battling liver cancer.

"I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver," the 30-year-old said in a statement. "I'm currently undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have." Baltacha was diagnosed at the age of 19 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which compromises the immune system.

Ukraine-born Baltacha reached a career-high ranking of 49 in 2010 and reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2002 and the same stage of the Australian Open in 2005 and 2010.

She was also British number one for 132 weeks between 2009 and 2012 and during her career enjoyed wins over top 10 players Li Na and Francesca Schiavone.

 
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