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Elena Baltacha's diary


Baltacha tips Murray for Open win

In the latest of her series of diary pieces leading up to Wimbledon 2010, British tennis star ELENA BALTACHA is disappointed to miss out on a place at the US Open.

I had a really tough battle with Anastasia Rodionova but lost out 4-6 6-2 6-4.

Of course it's disappointing when you get to the last round of qualifying for a Grand Slam and fall short.

It was a tough match, I knew it was going to be very difficult and that I would have to play my best tennis to win.

I fought very hard, but I think she was the better player.

I would have had to win a round in the main draw to make it into the world's top 100 as I am 102 and on the borderline.

But I managed to defend the points from last season as I made last-round qualifying last year, so my ranking is not going to drop.

I am getting closer and closer and it's really exciting.

Now I am going back home and will be playing 10 tournaments in Europe.

I do feel that my tennis is getting much better. My quality has gone up and it's a shame I did not make the cut for the main draw.

On a brighter note, I was pleased to pick up the player of the year award from tennisscotland, which my coach Nino Severino surprised me with over here.

It's a great honour and I'd like to thank everyone involved in the decision.

It's a fantastic atmosphere here at Flushing Meadows. I remember playing juniors here for the first time and I thought I would love to come back and have a go at the seniors.

I love New York and we have been doing some sightseeing and it is a really great city.

The tournament is really well-organised and it's special as it's a Grand Slam - it's just a pity that I didn't make the cut.

When I get back home, I'll be cheering on Andy Murray, who is playing fantastic tennis. The surface and conditions will suit him very well.

Fingers crossed, he will do well and I really do think he has a good chance for the title.

He is playing great tennis and can match anyone in the world right now.

Elena Baltacha was talking to BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane

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