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TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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."

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:58 AM
thats pretty depressing news :(

hope she can make a full and speedy recovery

The Vampiress
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:59 AM
:sad: :sad: :( 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 :sad:

Gowza
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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

wongqks
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:00 PM
I feel sorry for this girl, she has all the potential to crack into top 100 :(

veryborednow
Oct 12th, 2002, 12:01 PM
wow :eek: 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 :)

Scotso
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:03 PM
poor thing :(

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

Monica_Rules
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:04 PM
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.

Gowza
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:06 PM
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!

*roddicksinme*
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:14 PM
best of luck to her

rated_next
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:40 PM
Poor Elena :sad:

treufreund
Oct 12th, 2002, 04:46 PM
Right now I am just sick of hearing about one good player after another struggling with her body. :sad:

hugetennisfan
Oct 12th, 2002, 05:10 PM
Very scary :(

Fortunately she will recover completely :)

Tatiana Panova
Oct 12th, 2002, 06:14 PM
A little scary - how did they get it so late?

Go BALLY!

gokimmie
Oct 12th, 2002, 06:36 PM
get well soon elena,this is a real shame:(

gentenaire
Oct 12th, 2002, 06:46 PM
poor Elena, I hope she gets better soon. I'm sure that when she gets the player of the year award, her spirits will improve;)

vaiva
Oct 12th, 2002, 06:59 PM
The best of luck to poor Elena (she will need lots of it) to recover as soon as possible and to return to tennis

Joseosu19
Oct 12th, 2002, 08:06 PM
Get well soon Elena

Monica_Rules
Oct 12th, 2002, 10:09 PM
The doctors have said she can play on but if she gets tired she should take a break.So really as long as she doesn't do a Jelena Dokic she should be ok.

YSL
Oct 12th, 2002, 10:46 PM
Oh good grief!

I hope that Elena makes a speedy and full recovery.

MartianJoeyWinson
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:36 PM
:sad:

I can't believe it, okay yes she can still play but poor Bally... lets just hope she'll get through this.

I have to say though that for someone to have been on antibiotics for a very long time and yet be playing the best tennis of her life over the past year really shows just how good she can become. Elena's an incredibly level headed person and has a lot of fight in her and I'm sure she can overcome this big big hurdle.

I'd all like you to visit www.lta.org.uk , and vote Elena for the British player of the year, she really does deserve it.

GO BALLY GO! :)

Colin B
Oct 13th, 2002, 01:38 AM
I don't understand how this could have happened. The dangers of taking too many antibiotics have been general knowledge for a few years now.
Ten, twenty years ago, you could go to the doctor with the slightest sore throat or rash, even a cold and they'd prescribe antibiotics but now they are much more reluctant.
I went in recently with an insect bite that had swollen up and got a lecture about how these drugs actually harm the immune system, destroy all the bacteria that we can't function without (like the ones that break down food in the stomach) and how harmful bacteria and viruses are developing there own immunity to antibiotics.
Thank God they spotted this before it did some permanent damage.
Get Well Soon Bally! :)