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Former British No 1 Elena Baltacha announces retirement

The 30-year-old Scot reached a career-high ranking of 49

Heather Watson adds to losing streak in Luxembourg Open

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Judy Murray will take Great Britain to Budapest in February to begin their latest attempt to climb the Fed Cup ladder.

LTA announce new chief executive

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Laura Robson of Great Britain shakes hands with Ayumi Morita

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Ayumi Morita beat the British number one in straight sets

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Guangzhou Open: Laura Robson wins as bid to repeat final appearance remains on

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US Open 2013: Victoria Azarenka to take on Flavia Pennetta in last four

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US Open 2013: Order of play for Friday 30 August

Order of play for Friday 30th August, all times local (-5hrs BST):

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Scot hoping to advance to third round

Flushing Meadows

US Open 2013: Order of play on day three

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US Open 2013: Heather Watson puts up a good fight before succumbing to Simona Halep

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Flushing Meadows

US Open 2013: Order of play on day two at Flushing Meadows

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