Meet Elena Baltacha, a British tennis player originally from the Ukraine. See photos, video and read a biography of Elena here.
Elena Baltacha surprised many today at Wimbledon, as the British wildcard entrant beat out Alona Bondarenko, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the beginning, it looked as if Bondarenko would easily win the match, but Baltacha fought back, proving victorious in the end. She said:
“It was so lovely. I tried hard to control my emotion, because everyone was getting up. Everyone was clapping, you know. I had goose pimples pretty much everywhere.”
With her win, only she and Andy Murray are the two remaining Britons left in the main draw. Elena’s next opponent is Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
As a biography, Elena Baltacha is 25 years old, having been born in Kiev, Ukraine on August 14, 1983. Sports run in her family – her father Sergei played professional football for the USSR and the UK (Ipswich Town, St Johnstone and Iverness Caledonian Thistle). Elena’s mother Olga competed at the Olympic Games for the USSR in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon events. Her brother Sergei plays football as well, in the Scottish Football League.
Elena moved to Ipswich in January 1989, where her father played football for a year, before moving on to Scotland. Elena spent her adolescence in Perth.
Elena started playing tennis when she was 10 years old. Her junior career started at the ITF junior circuit in February 1997. A title eluded her during her junior years, but she did reach the final of the 14th Bahia Junior Cup and the LTA International Junior Tournament, Bisham Abbey. Her last junior match was at the 2001 US Open junior tournament.
Her singles career highlights include winning two titles on the ITF circuit in 2002, a singles title (ITF) in 2005 and winning the Changwon Korea event in April 2009. You can see a full listing of her career in review here and here.
Check out more photos and video of Elena Baltacha below.
Elena Baltacha Wimbledon Video
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