I'm British and I haven't heard what's up with her - injured? Someone standing behind me at Eastbourne said she had retired. Anyone?
Farina Elia Fan
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:30 PM
no. no, no not retired!
injured her back I think - back in the new year
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:33 PM
She had a back surgery not too long ago I think.
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:06 PM
Poor Elena. She has had so many health problems. Hope she gets well soon.
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:12 PM
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:14 PM
Back surgery sidelines Baltacha (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5054822.stm)
British number two Elena Baltacha will not play again until 2007 after opting to undergo back surgery.
The 22-year-old world number 210 will attempt to remedy her long-term back problem by having surgery on a prolapsed disc on Wednesday.
Baltacha said: "I'm very disappointed that I require surgery, but I'm optimistic I'll make a full recovery."
Baltacha reached the third round of the 2005 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2002 before her injury problems.
The Ukrainian-born player achieved a career-best world ranking of 118 in March 2005 and her coach Alan Jones is confident she will improve following her recuperation.
"She has a huge amount of potential and I believe as a player, that she is capable of being competitive at the top level," Jones said. "Bally is still only 22 but her physical age on court is that of a 19 or 20-year-old, so time is definitely on her side."
Following surgery, Baltacha will spend two months in recovery with a further two in rehabilitation.