Elena Baltacha (Ukrainian: Олена Балтача; born 14 August 1983) is a British professional tennis player of Ukrainian background. Being a four-time winner of the AEGON Award, she was also a long-term British number 1, a position she held intermittently from 2002 to 2012. However, due to her absence from competition, due to knee surgery, as of 3 December 2012 she holds a current world ranking of number 174 and domestic ranking of British number 5. Her career high ranking of world number 49 was achieved on 13 September 2010.
Over the course of her career she has won ten ITF singles titles (five $25,000, one $50,000, two $75,000 and two $100,000) and four ITF doubles titles (all $25,000). She has also twice been a runner-up in ITF events in singles and four times in doubles.
In 2010, Baltacha had victories over top 10 players, including two victories over Li Na and one against Francesca Schiavone, who at the time was the reigning French Open champion. In 2011, Baltacha won her most highest ranked tournament of the ITF tour winning the 2011 AEGON Nottingham Challenge. It is often commented about her game that she has natural prowess, but finds it difficult to hit decisive winners at crucial points in matches, often holding her back from further progression.