Tags: elena baltacha | dies | tennis | champ | cancer

Elena Baltacha Dies: British Tennis Champ Succumbs to Liver Cancer at 30

Image: Elena Baltacha Dies: British Tennis Champ Succumbs to Liver Cancer at 30 In this 2012 file photo Elena Baltacha of Great Britain returns a shot in Indian Wells, California.

Monday, 05 May 2014 03:42 PM

By Morgan Chilson

British tennis champion Elena Baltacha died Sunday at age 30 of liver cancer.

Baltacha, who was the No. 1 British tennis player for three years, was diagnosed with the disease in January and spoke publicly about her illness in March.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

“We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally," her husband, Nino Severino, told the BBC. "She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness."

Severino and Baltacha had been married only two weeks when she discovered she had cancer.

She played most of her career with primary sclerosing cholangitis, which is a chronic liver condition she was diagnosed with at age 19.

Baltacha won 11 singles titles, reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2002 and was on Great Britain’s Fed Cup team for more than a decade.

"Today (Sunday) we have lost a shining light from the heart of British tennis — a true role model, a great competitor and a wonderful friend,” Lawn Tennis Association head of women's tennis Iain Bates told the BBC. “We have so many special memories to cherish, but this leaves a gaping hole for everybody in both British and women's tennis, and words simply cannot express how saddened we are by this news.

Many in the tennis world went online to offer their condolences and talk about Baltacha’s impact on tennis.

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, tweeted:



Baltacha was born in Ukraine but lived her youth in Scotland.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved