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Baltacha suffers liver damage :(

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/2322417.stm

Britain's new number one Elena Baltacha may need as long as two years to fully recover from liver damage.
The 19-year-old Scot has finally learned the source of the mystery viral infection that has affected her recently.

A specialist informed Baltacha the damage was caused by repeatedly taking antibiotics for tonsilitis and other infections.

She was told she is fortunate to emerge without lasting damage to her health, but can continue to play, providing she rests if over-tired.



The good news is that the damage is not permanent and that she will recover

Baltacha's coach Alan Jones
"To be confronted by that at the age of 19 was very frightening," said her coach Alan Jones. "The connotations were huge.

"No wonder she has been so fatigued. She was suffering a double-edged attack to her system and was being made to work hard all through it.

"The good news is that the damage is not permanent and that she will recover.

"She's given everything while being ill for 18 months, which makes you wonder what kind of career she will have when she's rid of all of this."

Despite her ailments Baltacha has risen to a career-high ranking of 154, and hopes to break through on the WTA's main circuit next year.

'Bored to hell'

She hoped to qualify for a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open in January.

But that ambition will depend on whether her liver takes two or 24 months - the parameters suggested by the specialist - to recover.

Baltacha will also investigate whether she can treat her infections by means other than the two kinds of antibiotics she was using.

She has yet to decide whether to compete in a Challenger tournament in Southampton next week, but is raring to return to action.

"She has been bored to hell and scared and wants to get back on court," Jones added.

"It doesn't matter if she wins or loses. Right now only her self-esteem matters."

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thats pretty depressing news

hope she can make a full and speedy recovery

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Get Better Elena

It's sad when a country who doesn't really have any top players looses a player who was deemed to beocme something
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Get well soon Elena!

she's a great player with one of the biggest serves on the tour and i hope she has a wonderful career

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I feel sorry for this girl, she has all the potential to crack into top 100

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wow thanks TBE.

Get well soon Elena, I hope it's 2 months.

but yeah, imagine what she could be like when she gets over it

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poor thing

it's good news that she'll get better though


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Its so sad to hear Elena was ready to make a big breakthrough but she may not play for a while and might loose her momentum i hope she can play in the nationals then take a break till January and i hope thats all the break she will need.

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yes it is good news that she'll get better to 100% but all the other players better watch out because however long her recovery takes she's gonna come back and serve down those 118mph bullets. so the rest of the tour, you have been warned!

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best of luck to her

Annnnd I'm back, probably for at least a minute.
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Right now I am just sick of hearing about one good player after another struggling with her body.
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Very scary

Fortunately she will recover completely
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A little scary - how did they get it so late?

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get well soon elena,this is a real shame
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