Bartoli takes part in Wimbledon tribute to Baltacha

by: AP June 24, 2014

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LONDON (AP) -- Retired women's singles champion Marion Bartoli was part of a tribute Tuesday to the late British tennis player Elena Baltacha on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Baltacha, Britain's former No. 1 women's player, died of liver cancer on May 4 at the age of 30.

Bartoli, who did not defend her title this year, took part in a coin toss ceremony ahead of the women's singles match between Sabine Lisicki, who lost to Bartoli in last year's final, and Julia Glushko.

Bartoli, wearing her Wimbledon members' tag, wiped away tears on several occasions during the ceremony. She was accompanied by nine-year-old Elle Robus-Miller, a player from the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis for underprivileged children.

Traditionally at Wimbledon, the women's singles champion opens play on the second day.

Lisicki beat Glushko in straight sets.

For complete Wimbledon coverage, including updated draws and reports from Steve Tignor, head to our tournament page.

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