Former British number one has liver cancer

Last updated 07:28 08/03/2014
Elena Baltacha
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CANCER SHOCK: Former top-50 player Elena Baltacha says she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.

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Former top-50 professional tennis player Elena Baltacha says she has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver.

In a statement on the British tennis federation's website, the 30-year-old Baltacha says she is "currently undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have."

Baltacha announced her retirement in November.

When she was 19, Baltacha was diagnosed with a chronic liver condition.

Her best ranking was 49th in 2010, and she reached the third round at Grand Slam tournaments three times - at Wimbledon in 2002, and at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2010.

British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray says Baltacha "is a such a determined, upbeat person and everyone around her is staying positive as well."

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