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Elena Baltacha has broken into the tennis world top 50 for the first time after reaching the second round of the US Open.
THE 2012 Olympics in London have a lot to answer for. Not only do they threaten to bankrupt the English capital but, also, they could well spell the end of Elena Baltacha's career.
ELENA Baltacha has pulled out of the French Open women's doubles in a bid to avoid aggravating her back injury before Wimbledon.
SCOTLAND'S Elena Baltacha won through to face former world No 1 Maria Sharapova in the quarter- finals of the Cellular South Cup in Memphis.
THE WORLD of women's tennis may be in a state of disarray but Britain's little corner of it appears to be in excellent shape. As Elena Baltacha pummelled the top seed into submission in the final round of the qualifying tournament, thrashing Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-1, 6-3, she became the third British woman to make it into the main draw.
FORMER British No.1 Sam Smith has backed Scotland's Elena Baltacha to finally turn her career around.
SCOTLAND'S Elena Baltacha will rise 130 places in the world rankings after yesterday beating rival Anne Keothavong, who also lost her domestic No 1 tag to Katie O'Brien.
FORMER British No 1 Elena Baltacha lost in the first round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham yesterday.
SCOTLAND'S Elena Baltacha has climbed more than 200 places in the WTA Tour world rankings.
ELENA Baltacha has reached the quarter-finals of the Incheon Women's Challenger tournament after upsetting eighth seed Ayu-Fani Damayanti.
ELENA Baltacha was in bad shape at the beginning of this year. Almost crippled by back pain, with sciatica running down from her hip to her ankle, and with a prolapsed disc, she couldn't sleep, could barely sit comfortably and was relying on painkillers to help her move around. Swinging a racket was out of the question for this once-promising tennis player and she must have wondered if she'd ever get back on court at all, let alone play competitively again.
ELENA Baltacha won her first title for over six months beating sixth seed Daniela Fix of Austria 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Caversham Women's Challenger International in Jersey yesterday.
IT TOOK only four minutes more than a single hour for Elena Baltacha's Wimbledon dream to be extinguished by a German qualifier playing in her first ever Grand Slam last night. The end for Baltacha came on Centre Court but though this emphasises her status as No1 British woman player she perhaps later wished that the depressing curtain had been drawn on a fringe court where there would have been far fewer witnesses to her grief.
IT WAS only a couple of years ago that illness-induced fatigue threatened to curtail Elena Baltacha's tennis dreams but now the fiesty Ukrainian-born Scot is not only back and moving up the world rankings, she is also staging her own mini-Olympics as part of her training regime.
ELENA Baltacha has 50,000 good reasons to reach the Eastbourne quarter-finals but she must overcome two of the game's giants before the sponsors hand over what would be the largest pay-cheque of her career.
BRITISH interest in the WTA DFS Classic in Birmingham ended yesterday when Elena Baltacha lost 6-4, 6-2 against Venezuela's Milagros Sequera.
IF YOU are looking for Elena Baltacha at this time of year, she is not hard to find - she is the one wearing a hair shirt. After all the praise and success in Australia at the start of the year, followed by the glamour of a ride on a private jet to start her American hard-court swing, our Bally is back in Europe, slogging around the slow clay courts and doing her penance.
Elena Baltacha yesterday came crashing back down to earth after her Australian Open exploits with defeat in the semi-finals of a £13,000 women’s tournament in Sunderland.