Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Women's tennis in good shape: Elena Baltacha

Women's tennis in Great Britain is in safe hands, according to Elena Baltacha, the former number one who yesterday retired as her body gave way to the demands of the professional game.

Thirty-year-old Baltacha was Britain's top-ranked player for 132 weeks between 2009 and 2012. The Scot has called time with a career-high ranking of 49 and a trio of grand slam third-round appearances to her name, as well as 39 caps for Great Britain in the Fed Cup.

"I think British tennis is in a great state," she said. "You look at Laura Robson and Heather Watson, you have Jo Konta who is now on the verge of being something special as she's very gifted and talented and you have Tara Moore who can be dangerous."

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