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Bartoli part of Wimbledon tribute to Baltacha

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.

— By Dennis Passa — http://twitter.com/DennisPassa

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MURRAY’S MOTHER TAKING CENTER STAGE

Andy Murray may soon face a tough contest of popularity in his own country as his mother seems ready to take some limelight from the Wimbledon champion.

The 54-year-old Judy Murray, who is a big fan of the hugely popular British TV show “Strictly Come Dancing,” is reportedly in talks to appear in the next series of the BBC program.

Murray’s mother does not hide her admiration for the dancers featured on the show but has yet to confirm her participation.

— By Samuel Petrequin — https://twitter.com/sampetrequin

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