Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder, 32, today announced her decision to retire from professional tennis and end her 17-year career. Her last singles match was a first-round defeat at the current French Open to Romanian Sorana Cirstea, while in doubles she and her partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld lost in the second round to top seeds Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko.
The 2011 French Open was Schnyder’s 59th career Grand Slam appearance, and her best Grand Slam performance was a semifinal at the 2004 Australian Open. Schnyder’s career was successful in both singles and doubles. The Swiss won 11 WTA singles titles (in the 27 finals she played) and 5 doubles titles. Her highest career ranking in singles was No.7 (she was ranked in the Top 10 for 94 weeks), and in doubles it was No.15. Now at the moment of her retirement, Schyder’s singles ranking is No.55 and doubles No.124.
A good number of wins over world No.1 players enrich Schnyders biography: Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki. (photo courtesy of Women Who Serve)