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Baltacha: My brilliant summer
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Bally has just broken into the world top 200
Bally has just broken into the world top 200

Elena Baltacha

I just can't believe what's happened to me in the summer of 2002.

Beating Amanda Coetzer at Wimbledon fantastic.

I had a brilliant week and learnt a lot.

I don't think I'm quick enough and I need to read the game more - there are lots of things I've got to learn.

After Wimbledon, it was back to reality with a tournament at Felixstowe.

But my experience at Wimbledon paid off and I won - my first victory at senior level!

It was a tough tournament and I feel mentally exhausted after all the ups and downs I've had recently.

But it's good that I'm heading in the right direction - and have at last broken into the top 200.

I had a superb 2001.

I played on Centre Court at Wimbledon, got to the semi-finals of junior Wimbledon, I won the National Doubles Championships with Julie Pullin and played in the Federation Cup as well as at the Albert Hall.

And I improved my ranking from 400 at the start of the year to 240 by the end of it.


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My brilliant year
My ambitions
My sacrifices

STAR TIP::

Elena Baltacha
Elena Baltacha
Tennis player

Always listen to what people around you, the people who care about you, are saying and try and do something with that information


BALLY'S BIOG
Born: 14 August, 1983
Birthlace: Kiev, Ukraine
World ranking: 199
Career highlight: Third-round exit at Wimbledon 2002 was the best performance by a British woman for four years
Other interests: Football, Majorettes, ballet (for two weeks!)
Superstition: Elena always wears the same top during a tournament




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