Former British number one Elena Baltacha retires from tennis

Updated: 18 November 2013 22:05 IST

Baltacha reached a career-high ranking of 49 in 2010 and won 11 singles titles during her career.

Former British number one Elena Baltacha retires from tennis
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London:

Former British number one Elena Baltacha announced her retirement on Monday after struggling to recover from a series of injuries.

Baltacha reached a career-high ranking of 49 in 2010 and won 11 singles titles during her career.

But the Scot, whose Ukrainian father Sergei played football for Ipswich and St Johnstone, had problems with injury and illness for several years and decided to hang up her racquet after another frustrating campaign in 2013.

The 30-year-old enjoyed wins over top 10 players Li Na and Francesca Schiavone, while her best Grand Slam performances saw her reach the third round at the Australian Open in 2005 and 2010 and at Wimbledon in 2002.

"It just feels it's the right time," Baltacha said. "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, but now my mind and my body are telling me it's time to move on to a new phase of my life."

Baltacha now plans to dedicate herself to coaching and developing the tennis academy she founded in 2012 with her coach Nino Severino.

British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray, the mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, paid tribute to Baltacha, saying: "Bally has been the most incredible ambassador for women's tennis in Britain for the past 12 years.

"Her work ethic and competitive spirit are second to none. If we could bottle those qualities, we would have many more top players."

Topics : Tennis Samantha Stosur Elena Baltacha Sabine Lisicki Andy Murray Virginie Razzano
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