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Former tennis player Baltacha says she has cancer
Britain's Elena Baltacha makes a forehand return during her first round match against France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
March 7, 2014, 11:47 am

LONDON (AP) 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 Friday, 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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