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15 June 2011

Schnyder retires from professional tennis


Photo: Andy MuellerPatty Schnyder (SUI)

Fed Cup stalwart Patty Schnyder has called time on her professional tennis career having spent over a decade at the top of the women’s game. She announced her retirement after losing in the first round at Roland Garros.

"It's time to close this amazing chapter of being a tennis player," said the 32-year-old. "It's a very emotional decision. It's overwhelming feelings and I'm going to need some time."

Schnyder was a key member of Switzerland’s Fed Cup team for 15 years, including her nation’s run to the Final in 1998 when she lined up alongside Martina Hingis, narrowly losing to Spain 3-2 in Geneva.

The veteran left-hander went on to achieve the rare feat of winning 50 rubbers, the last of which was earlier this year when she helped the Swiss defeat Sweden 4-1 to secure promotion back to World Group II. She finished her Fed Cup career with a 50-22 win-loss record from 37 ties.

Schnyder picked up 11 singles titles, with five arriving during a breakthrough year in 1998. She also lifted five doubles trophies. Her career high rankings of No. 7 in singles and No. 15 in doubles were both achieved in 2005.

"The Grand Slam final was definitely a dream, and it will remain a dream,” said Schnyder. Her best performance at a major was a semifinal finish at the Australian Open in 2004, while she also reached the last four in doubles at both the US Open and Roland Garros.

Schnyder finally decided to bow out after playing her first round match at Roland Garros, which she lost to Sorana Cirstea. "The evening after singles I said, 'I've reached my 100 percent.' That's just a feeling of my heart. It feels right,” she concluded.

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