Tennis: World's top players hold minute's silence for Baltacha

MADRID (AFP) - Andy Murray was among 50 players from the ATP and WTA circuits who held a minute's silence in honour of former British number one Elena Baltacha before the night session of the Madrid Open on Monday.

Baltacha died on Sunday, aged 30, after a short battle against liver cancer.

Born in Ukraine and brought up in Scotland, Baltacha had only been diagnosed with the illness in January having retired in 2013.

Her death provoked a wave of tributes from across the sport on Monday.

"My deepest prayers, thoughts, concern and love goes out to Elena Baltacha's family. I am deeply sorry for your loss," tweeted 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

World number one Rafael Nadal also wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that Elena Baltacha passed away. RIP."