Baltacha delight at top 50 spot

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The Independent Online

Elena Baltacha has broken into the world's top 50 for the first time after reaching the second round of the US Open.

The 27-year-old Briton beat Petra Martic to claim her first main-draw victory in New York before losing a close match against 27th seed Petra Kvitova. Baltacha's reward is a rise of eight places in the rankings to 49th.

"It's unbelievable," she said. "At the beginning of the year my goal was to stay in the top 100. I can still get better and I don't think that I've topped out yet. The next goal is the top 40.