Tennis player Elena Baltacha has died just less than two months after revealing she had been diagnosed with liver cancer.
The former British tennis champion had vowed to fight the disease with everything she had after breaking the sad news of her illness in march.But last night, Elena’s agents confirmed she had passed away.
In a statement released on behalf of her family, her agents said: ‘It is with deepest sadness that we bring you the following news – Elena Baltacha died in the early hours of Sunday 4 May of liver cancer. We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness.’
Elena, who always went by her nickname Bally, was diagnosed with liver cancer in mid-January 2014, two months after she retired from professional tennis and just a few weeks after marrying Nino Severino, her long-time coach and partner.
On the day she announced that she had been diagnosed with the disease, she said: ‘I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. I’m undergoing treatment and fighting this illness with everything I have.’
After a determined battle against the disease, she passed away peacefully at home with her husband Nino by her side and surrounded by friends and family.
She was 30years old.