Tennis: Former British No.1 Baltacha fighting liver cancer
Published on Mar 8, 2014 6:48 AM
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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