Baltacha helped inspire Scots tennis

Baltacha helped inspire Scots tennis

5 May 2014
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Elena Baltacha will be remembered as an inspirational figure who put Scottish tennis back on the map, says Tennis Scotland president Ian Conway.


who died on Sunday aged 30,

was born in Ukraine but represented Scotland through residence.

And, in 2002, she became the first Scot since Winnie Shaw in the 1970s to top the British…

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Former British number one Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer at the age of 30. Born in Ukraine and brought up in Scotland, Baltacha revealed she had the illness in March, having being diagnosed in January. Baltacha, who was British number one for nearly three years, only retired from professional tennis in 2013. “We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally,” said her husband Nino Severino in a statement published by the BBC.
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Asthma, diabetes and 'superpills' - papers

Asthma, diabetes and ‘superpills’ – papers

On a day when health stories dominate the front pages, it’s concerns about asthma care that lead two newspapers.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls is featured in the Daily Mirror calling for youngsters to be exposed to more danger so they can learn about risk. The paper quotes him saying: “You empower kids by teaching them to how to do something dangerous, but how to do it safely.”


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'A friendly face with a warrior spirit'

‘A friendly face with a warrior spirit’

5 May 2014
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When yet another attempt to turn around British tennis was launched almost 10 years ago, the buzz phrase was “we need warriors”. In Elena Baltacha, they already had one.

She might have been a kind, friendly and irrepressibly positive ‘warrior’, but Baltacha’s aggressive baseline style reflected an inner steel that pulled her through far more…

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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. 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.
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