A look back at the life of former British No 1 Elena Baltacha

Last Updated: 05/05/14 6:58am

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We look back at the life of Elena Baltacha following the sad news that she has died of liver cancer.

1983: Born August 14 in Kiev, Ukraine.

1997: Plays first match on the ITF junior circuit in February, spending four years in the junior ranks before playing her last tournament at that level in the 2001 junior US Open.

2000: Competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Youth Games, winning silver in the women's team event.

2001-02: Diagnosed with liver condition, primary sclerosing cholangitis, at the age of 19.

2002: June - Reached the third round of Wimbledon after entering the tournament on a wild card for the second consecutive year.

2003: Underwent surgery relating to her liver condition, which put her career on hold until 2004.

2005: Reached the third round of the Australian Open, beating Katarina Srebotnik and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro before losing to Silvia Farina Elia.

2007: March - Returned to action after a frustrating spell out with a prolapsed disc, which required surgery in 2006.

2010: January - Equalled her best-ever performance at the Australian Open by reaching the third round.

August - Participated in the main draw of the US Open for the first time in her career, reaching the second round.

September - Attained her highest-ever singles ranking of 49.

2011: May - Progressed into the second round of the French Open.

August - Repeated her best-ever showing at the US Open by reaching the second round after opponent Jamie Hampton was forced to retire after collapsing on court.

2012: Represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics in both the singles and doubles events, making her first appearance on July 28 as she beat Agnes Szavay of Hungary before falling in the second round. Took time off following the Olympics to have surgery on a foot injury.

2013: November 18 - Announced her retirement from tennis on November 18.

December 8 - Married long term coach and boyfriend Nino Severino.

2014: January - Diagnosed with liver cancer.

May 4 - Died peacefully at home from the disease in the early hours, with Severino at her side.

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