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Tennis stars remember Britains Elena Baltacha, 30, as news spreads of her death

5 May 2014 | 6:26 pm Britain's former top-ranked tennis player died Sunday at the age of 30. http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/c/34656/f/636679/s/3a158bfd/sc/8/l/0L0Swashingtonpost0N0Csports0Ctennis0Estars0Eremember0Ebritains0Eelena0Ebaltacha0E30A0Eas0Enews0Espreads0Eof0Eher0Edeath0C20A140C0A50C0A50Cd0A790Ab4e0E4b10A0E45ca0E986c0Edd630A9330Ab9d0Istory0Bhtml0Dwprss0Frss0Isports/story01.htm

Elena Baltacha, Ex-No. 1 U.K. Womens Tennis Player, Dies at 30

5 May 2014 | 5:14 pm Elena Baltacha of Great Britain returns a shot during the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, on August 30, 2011. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-05/elena-baltacha-ex-no-1-u-k-women-s-tennis-player-dies-at-30.html

Elena Baltacha, Former British Tennis Player, Dies

5 May 2014 | 4:46 pm Elena Baltacha, a former British tennis player, died from liver cancer on Sunday. She was only 30-years-old. Baltacha, who was born in the Ukraine but was raised in Scotland, revealed that she had cancer in March after being diagnosed in http://www.webpronews.com/elena-baltacha-former-british-tennis-player-dies-2014-05

Daily Bagel: Remembering Elena Baltacha | Beyond The Baseline

5 May 2014 | 8:13 pm The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet. Video: Remembering Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer on Sunday. The BBC has two very nice tributes to Elena … http://tennis.si.com/2014/05/05/daily-bagel-elena-baltacha/

The tennis community reacts to Elena Baltacha's death | Beyond The …

5 May 2014 | 7:42 pm The tennis community is still in a state of shock at the news of Elena Baltacha's death on Sunday from liver cancer. The 30-year-old Baltacha was newly retired from the WTA Tour and married when she was diagnosed with … http://tennis.si.com/2014/05/05/elena-baltacha-death-tennis-community-reacts/

In memory of: Elena Baltacha | The Tennis Space

5 May 2014 | 7:30 pm Elena Baltacha could talk the hind legs off a donkey. I hope she'd laugh if she read that. At the age of 30, the Scot, born in Ukraine but raised north of the border and who then lived he bulk of her adult life in Ipswich, died in the … http://www.thetennisspace.com/in-memory-of-elena-baltacha/

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  • Jack says:

    Which Players Will Retire In 2013? Many more pros are playing into their 30s and 40s, but sooner or later it must become too much? So who do you think will retire in 2013? I think…

    Marcos Baghdatis (getting older, not playing so well)
    Lleyton Hewitt (again getting older, not playing very well)
    Sam Stosur (ok this is far fetched, but she’s definitely not what she used to be)
    Francesca Schiavone (same as Stosur, dropping way off)
    Liezel Huber (still a good player, but getting older and slower)
    Dinara Safina (still not technically retired, but I reckon she’ll announce it officially this year)
    Elena Baltacha (not winning anything, rank plummeting)

    Any others? Also, are there any players who you think might make a comeback? 😉

    • Curator says:

      I think Lleyton Hewitt will retire this year. It’s been years since he has done anything important in the tennis world. He hasn’t been a top player for years now, but it only shows what a great competitor he is to have made it this far.

      I think Marcos Baghdatis and Venus Williams surely wont retire, despite being veterans and I think Safina has pretty much retired, although not officially.

      Another candidate is Kimiko Date-Krumm.

  • Who Is The Best Active Female German Tennis Player? Alright so a German female Renaissance is occurring in women’s tennis…the 5 big names of which are
    Andrea Petkovic (ranked 10)
    Sabine Lisicki (ranked 13)
    Angelique Kerber (ranked 14)
    Julia Goerges (ranked 17)
    Mona Barthel (ranked 36…but will be up there with the girls above in no time)

    Which of these girls do you think is the best and will have the most successful career? Do you think all of these girls can be in in the top 15 at once, because they are pretty close to achieving that!

    • Curator says:

      This question has been asked so many times LOL, but the number of players included in the question grows every time!

      Let me first say they are all terrific players and it’s great they are all spurring each other on to reach their full potential.

      I think Petkovic is the most consistent, she has very good and consistent ground-strokes, a good mover and a fairly good and reliable serve. It’s a pity she’s injured at the moment because she’s such good fun and I was really looking forward to seeing her back up the terrific year she had last year. Hopefully she will be back on court soon. Overall I don’t ever see her as a top five player but if she stays consistent and motivated I definitely see her being ranked between 8-15 over the next few years and doing well in the Grand Slams. Hopefully she can make a semi-final soon.

      Lisicki for me has the most potential. She has a killer serve when it’s working and her forehand is just lethal. Her attitude is brilliant and no matter of the scoreline she is always capable of getting back in matches and fights til the last point. She’s also a big match player and can take out big scalps. Unfortunately, and especially so far this year, the inconsistent part of her game is showing and sometimes, similar to Kuznetsova, I don’t know what thought process goes into some points during her matches and she can lose concentration easily. It can be very hit and miss and very erratic. She can also lose the timing on her serve and it can all look very sloppy, which I hate to see. Her movement is always improving. I find this so frustrating because she has so much potential and if she sorts these things out and starts to figure things out a bit more on court and get more consistent I think she has the best future out of all the German players and can go on to win Grand Slams!

      Kerber has a nice lefty game, she hits a good ball and moves very well. I don’t think her game is big enough to make it into the top ten, unless she becomes more aggressive but at the moment her ground-strokes are just very very solid and she moves unbelievably well. What’s impressive is the improvement that she’s made last year and this year and she’s doing so well at the moment. I just don’t know if she has the ”power” to cope with the players at the top of the game. I don’t think she will get into the top 10 and stay between 12-30.

      Goerges really has it all when she’s playing well, similar to Lisicki, but also there is not a lot of thought process in her game and sometimes the concentration is just not there. Her serve is good and her forehand is amazing when it’s working, but more so than Lisicki it can all go horribly wrong. After the clay court season last year, she hardly won a match and those are the worrying signs for me, but I think she’s on the right track again. Herself and Lisicki are very similar when it comes to capabilities and potential, but the mental side is much better for Lisicki. Goerges has yet to do well in a Grand Slam, I think she’s only made it to the fourth round once, and she doesn’t beat too many of the best players, apart from Wozniacki haha, but other than that she has yet to prove that she can close out matches and beat the top players in the big tournaments. I can see Goerges get into the top 10, maybe even top 5 if she gets more experience, but I don’t see her winning a Grand Slam. She’s also defending a lot of points over the next month or two so I’m not sure what she’l be ranked by the time it’s the French Open.

      I don’t know much about Barthel. I actually picked her to make the semi-finals at the start of Miami and so far so good! I remember her playing Elena Baltacha in Wimbledon last year, and I didn’t see much back then and definitely didn’t predict her to have the year she’s having now! When you watch her, she knows she’s a good player and she has a lot of self-belief in her. The way she won Auckland at the start of the year was very impressive because it didn’t seem like she was getting nervous what so ever! She just played her game. I think she can make the top 20 definitely, I have to watch her more to really see what I think of her and how much potential she has. It will be interesting to see her during the clay court season.

      I think all have great potential and are all really good players, with Lisicki having the most potential.

    • Curator says:

      Ugh Kuznetsova has to play Azarenka early! Argh!

      The first quarter is kind of tricky, because normally I would say Azarenka and A. Radwanska would breeze through, but they are both injured, so maybe somebody like Goerges, Kuznetsova (being hopeful), Jankovic (being craycray), or Rus (being a suck up) can take advantage of their injuries…But I also doubt Azarenka’s injury is that serious, knowing her.Last week I might have said Jankovic since she won here not that long ago, and seems to be due for a comeback, but she lost a crushing match to of all people Petra Martic.. So I’m sending Vika to the semis with a win over Radwanska in the quarters..

      2nd quarter..I am always hesitant to pick Kvitova since she is so up and down, and Christina McHale is her first seeded opponent, which with home court advantage, could be fatal..Kerber’s name also stands out, and I see another young American, Stephens, as well as the in form Italian vet, Errani. Farther down the draw I see two previous champions: Zvonareva and Hantuchova. Either of them might be able to sneak an upset in and could make a run. Li Na is the top seed in their quarter, and she is never a solid bet. I’m going to dare to be different and put Hantuchova into the semis..why not?

      3rd quarer..Wozniacki is the top seed…and she is glad that there is nobody named “Julia Goerges” in her section 😉 However there is the always tricky Niculescu…and the crowd favorite…Ivanovic. Ana has won here before, and was a finalist even after her downfall (French Open 08). Wozniacki isn’t exactly the most confidant girl in the world, despite winning here last year, and yes, one of the more consistant girls on the WTA, Marion Bartoli, is in this quarter..But I am going to put Ivanovic through anyways

      4th quarter. Sharapova’s here. She’s won before..Her section is filled with tough opponents that she can easily beat (Stosur, Lisicki) Perhaps if Cibulkova can get to her, she may have trouble, but I doubt it, and I think Sharapova should get through pretty easily…

      Azarenka over Hantuchova
      Sharapova over Ivanovic

      Another loud final / repeat of Aussie Open? Yes. And I think Azarenka will establish hersef once more, and win again

      BQ: I do feel Rus will win, and easily 😉

  • 2011 French Open: Who Will Win (Day 5 Action!)? Can you believe its been 5 days already????

    Gilles Simon vs Jeremy Chardy
    Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Andujar
    Petra Kvitova vs Jie Zheng
    Fernando Verdasco vs Xavier Malisse
    Roberta Vinci vs Iryna Bremond
    Arnaud Clement vs Michael Berrer
    Agnieszka Radwanska vs Sania Mirza
    Florian Mayer vs Ale-Alejandro (Don’t call his name Fernando) Falla
    Marcos Baghdatis for Leonardo Mayer
    Jarmilla Gajdosova vs Anabel Medina Garrigues
    Lukasz Kubot vs Carlos Berlocq
    Sam Querrey vs Ivan Ljubicic
    Yanina Wickmayer vs Ayumi Morita
    Vania King vs Elena Baltacha
    Nikolay Davydenko vs Antonia Veic

    Please predict winner along w/ number of sets

    • Curator says:

      Simon in 4
      Nadal in 3 (he’s lucky it’s an easy opponent!)
      Kvitova in 2
      Fernando (Don’t call him Alejandro) in 4
      Vinci in 2
      Clement in 4
      Radwanska in 2
      Falla in 5
      Baghdatis in 3
      Gajdosova in 3 – though AMG is tough on clay
      Kubot in 3
      Querrey in 5
      Wickmayer in 2
      King in 3
      Davy in 3

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