“British tennis star Elena Baltacha has died at age 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer.” – YT
“Diagnosed with a chronic liver disease at 19, the former British No 1 died overnight after retiring from the sport in January.
““We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined ‘Bally’,” Baltacha’s husband and former coach Nino Severino said.
““She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.”
“Baltacha and Severino married only six months ago.
“On retiring, Baltacha worked with Severino at the couple’s academy in Ipswich.
“Baltacha was one of the most popular — and committed — players on the WTA Tour, battling illness and crippling back pain to forge a respectable career.”