Elena Baltacha's funeral has taken place in Ipswich

Last Updated: 19/05/14 5:24pm

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The funeral of Elena Baltacha has taken place in Ipswich

The funeral of Elena Baltacha has taken place in Ipswich

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The funeral of tennis player Elena Baltacha has taken place in Ipswich.

Baltacha died on 4 May at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer and key figures from British tennis joined family and friends in paying tribute to her.

The former British No 1 passed away less than six months after marrying her coach Nino Severino and weeks after retiring from tennis.

Severino was accompanied into St John's Church in Ipswich by Judy Murray, Baltacha's long-time mentor, with a host of players past and present also in attendance.

Laura Robson, Anne Keothavong, Annabel Croft, Tim Henman, Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie were at the private service, as were coaches and Lawn Tennis Association officials, including chief executive Michael Downey.

Andy Murray and his brother Jamie were not present at the funeral.

In a statement, friends and family thanked everyone for the support received since the player affectionately known as Bally died.

"The tributes and love for Bally from around the world in the last two weeks and the way that everyone has got behind the Rally For Bally have made us so proud of her and how she touched people's lives," the statement read.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support. We know that her memory and her spirit will live on."

The Rally For Bally, which aims to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the charity attached to the Elena Baltacha Academy of tennis, takes place on Sunday 15 June.

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