Elena Baltacha considers 2012 retirement

Baltacha considers 2012 retirement
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Elena Baltacha is considering retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.

Elena Baltacha has said she may retire from professional tennis after the 2012 London Olympics.

The British number one, who is ranked 60 in the world, has struggled with injury problems throughout her career and feels the 2012 Games may be a good time to end her career.

"I want to get to the Olympics and then maybe retire, I've been playing tennis for such a long time now," she told BBC Scotland.

"I'm 28 this year, and sometimes I wake up and wonder how much more my body can take; if I'm struggling with injuries then I'm not going to carry on."

She did not, however, completely rule out continuing after the Olympics.

"You never know, maybe I'll get to the Olympics and I'm still flying, my ranking is the best it has ever been in my career and my body feels great then I'll probably carry on."

Baltacha's best finish in a grand slam is reaching the third round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

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