Former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha Has Passed Away Following Battle With Liver Cancer
by Staff | May 4th, 2014, 10:06 pm

The WTA has announced that former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha passed away after a battle with liver cancer earlier on Sunday. She was just 30.

Baltacha was diagnosed with the disease in January, two months after she retired from the game. At age 19 she was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver condition which compromises the immune system.

She was survived by her husband Nino Severino.

“We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness,” Severino said in a statement.

Born in Kiev, Baltacha reached a career-high No. 49 in September 2010. She reached the third round at the Australian Open twice and once at her home event at Wimbledon.

On twitter, several players gave their thoughts on Baltacha.

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17 Comments for Former British No. 1 Elena Baltacha Has Passed Away Following Battle With Liver Cancer

Steve 27 Says:

Is prety sad to die at such an young age. My condolences to her family. RIP.

Kimmi Says:

Was very shocked to hear about her passing. I was hoping she will beat the cancer. sad news indeed. condolences to family and friend.

skeezer Says:

Real bummer. Too young :(. Prayers to the Fam.

Margot Says:

So very sad.
RIP Elena.

Hippy Chic Says:

Such sad news,RIP Bally,and my condolonces to your family and hubby, at this very sad time :((….

Giles Says:

Heart breaking news. RIP Elena. You will be missed.

Purcell Says:

What a terribly sad day. Condolences to Bally’s husband and family. To briefly paraphrase the extensive and heartfelt LTA announcement, “……Elena gave new meaning to the word ‘fighter’ in her battles both on and off court.”
The Rally for Bally events which are continuing as planned will take on a special poignancy.

the DA Says:

Unbelievably sad. Only months into her marriage and retirement from tennis. RIP

and f#ck cancer!

Perfect fan Says:

oh my my….this is a real diff. time for her family, trying to cope with her loss at such a tender age. Wish her soul rip. May god bless the family.

Klaas Says:


Alexandra Says:

This is very sad news. So young.
The best wishes to her family.

metan Says:

RIP ELENA, You’ll be missed.

RZ Says:

Very sad indeed, especially at such a young age. She was a wonderful example to others on how to balance tennis and outside life. RIP Bally.

leo Says:

Too sad. But what a 30 years you lived, Elena! You should be proud! Gone too soon.

Slice Tennis Says:

Sad to hear this….
Had a chance to interact with her a couple of years back. She was such a friendly and nice female.

Okiegal Says:

So sad for this young girl and her family. Cancer is truly a horrible disease. I hope for a cure some day. Rest in peace, Bally.

Humble Rafa Says:

RIP Bally.

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