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Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer, aged 30.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Scotland, Baltacha revealed she had the illness in March.
Baltacha, who was British number one for nearly three years, only retired from the sport in 2013.
"We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally," said her husband Nino Severino.
He added: "She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness."
She was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, (external) a chronic liver condition which compromises the immune system, aged 19.
 
 
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