Elena Baltacha claims she can play for another 12 years

Elena Baltacha
© PA Photos
British number one Elena Baltacha has decided against retiring from tennis after next year's London Olympics.

Elena Baltacha claims she is no longer planning to retire next year and feels she can play until she is 40.

The British number one was expected to call time on her career after next year's Olympics in London but has made the decision to continue playing.

Baltacha said: "I did say the Olympics was probably going to be my last tournament.

"When I look now how near it is - it will be here before you know it - I think it would be a real shame if I'm enjoying it, if I'm still improving and I'm injury free, to give it up."

The 28-year-old, who entered the world's top 50 for the first time this year, feels that she may now play on for another 12 years.

"I'll probably end up playing 'til I'm 40 now, although I think I'd need a new coach by then!" claimed Baltacha.

Baltacha will begin the new season by competing in the ASB Classic in Auckland next month.

Elena Baltacha
Read Next:
Baltacha backs Judy Murray appointment

You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole
ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray12,005
2Serbia Novak Djokovic8,915
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,705
4Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
5Canada Milos Raonic4,480
6Switzerland Roger Federer4,305
7Spain Rafael Nadal4,145
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,465
9Croatia Marin Cilic3,420
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,310
11France Gael Monfils3,190
12Belgium David Goffin2,975
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,960
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,790
15Lucas Pouille2,456
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,425
17United States Jack Sock2,375
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
19Pablo Carreno Busta2,025
20Alexander Zverev1,850