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It was heartbreaking to see Elena exit at the second round against seeded opponent Peng Shuai.
In terms of the quality of the tennis she outplayed her opponent in numerous games and looked by far the better player. However with her lack of depth and consistency against high ranked opponents whenever her shot making dipped in accuracy and aggression her opponent took full advantage and came back from 4-2 in the third set to claim the win.
If she had battled through then you would have expected her to make round 4 and an enticing fixture on centre court against Sharapova. In that event the smart money would of course be on Sharapova but then you have to remember that Baltacha has in the past defeated French Open champion Li Na.
Too many times in the past 12 months Elena has exited in round 2 of a tournament after a very promising first round win. However she has shown before and no doubt will show again that she can attack any competitor who she comes into contact with.
Some will say that at the age of 27 she is reaching her final few years. However so much of her time in the game has been plagued with injury, causing her play to be erratic at best.
Now however she seems to be in the form of her life and in the aftermath of a title victory at the Aegon Nottingham Challenge two weeks before Wimbledon we can now expect Baltacha to climb into the top 50 for a second time and actually stay there.
If Date-Krumm can do it in her 40's then so can Elena! What we have learned with Elena is that she should never be discarded, and with Watson challenging for her number one position it may just be the added incentive to edge Baltacha further up the rankings.