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Tennis: Elena Baltacha announces retirement

November 18, 2013
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Former British number one Elena Baltacha has today announced her retirement from professional tennis.

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Elena is the highest ranked female singles player Scotland has ever produced and has enjoyed a distinguished playing career which saw her break into the world’s top 50 in 2010 and have various wins over top ten players including Li Na and Francesca Schiavone.

She reached the third round of the Australian Open twice (in 2005 and 2010) and the third round of Wimbledon (in 2002). She also won 11 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, most recently the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham in June this year.

She also has a proud record of representing Great Britain, having played 39 Fed Cup ties in 12 consecutive years (2002-2013) and been part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“It just feels it’s the right time,” said the 30 year old. “My body has taken such a bruising over the last 16 years and that’s finally taken its toll.

“I have had some amazing experiences through playing tennis – some incredible highs and some very low lows – and I wouldn’t change any of them but now my mind and my body are telling me it’s time to move on to a new phase of my life.”

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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