Serena Williams and others react to passing of Elena Baltacha

By Shaunice Conyers,

Tennis player Elena Baltacha passed away on Sunday, May 4 after battling liver cancer for several months. Many took to Twitter to express their sadness over her death.

The Women's Tennis Association reports how Baltacha was only 30 years of age at the time of her death. She was diagnosed with liver cancer in January after retiring from tennis two months prior and a couple of weeks after marrying coach and partner Nino Severino.

Severino issued a statement expressing his grief over losing Baltacha. Severino said, "We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our beautiful, talented and determined Bally. She was an amazing person and she touched so many people with her inspirational spirit, her warmth and her kindness."

According to E Online, Baltacha had arranged a "Rally for Bally" charity event to take place on June 15. She wanted to raise funds for a cancer hospital and a tennis academy which would bear her name. Many tennis players such as Tim Henman, Andy Murray and Martina Navratilova are scheduled to participate in the charity event.

Many of Baltcha's fellow tennis players took to Twitter to express their sympathies over her passing.

Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova

Martina Navratilova

Jelena Jankovic

Rafael Nadal

Arina Rodionova



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