(; born 14 August 1983) is a four-time AEGON Award Winning
, British tennis
player of Ukrainian
parentage who plays for Great Britain.
Over the course of her career she has won ten ITF
singles titles (five $25,000, one $50,000, two $75,000 and two $100,000) and four ITF doubles titles (all $25,000). She has also twice been a runner-up in ITF events in singles and four times in doubles.
In 2010, Baltacha had victories over top 10 players, including two victories over Li Na
and one against Francesca Schiavone
, who at the time was the reigning French Open
champion. In 2011, Baltacha won her most highest ranked tournament of the ITF tour winning the 2011 AEGON Nottingham Challenge
Baltacha was born in Kiev
. She comes from a sporting family: her father Sergei
is a former professional footballer
, representing the USSR
and playing in the United Kingdom with Ipswich Town
, St Johnstone
and Inverness Caledonian Thistle
, and her mother Olga represented the USSR in both the pentathlon
at the Olympic Games
. Her brother Sergei
played football for......