Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder retired from tennis this season after a first-round defeat at the French Open, which was her 59th appearance at a Grand Slam, and a tribute to her 17-year-long career was organized at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Retired tennis champion Mary Pierce handed Schnyder a career memory book, and in attendance were also Samantha Stosur, Istanbul finalist Victoria Azarenka, Katarina Srebotnik, Kveta Peschke and WTA Chairperson and CEO Stacy Allaster, whose contract with the Tour has recently been extended and she will lead women’s tennis for another five years, until 2017.
Schnyder’s most successful tournament run was at the 2002 Charleston, where as an unseeded player she defeated Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Serena Williams, and top seed Jennifer Capriati. She played a Grand Slam semifinal at the 2004 Australian Open and quarterfinals six times. Her biography also features eleven WTA singles titles and five doubles titles.
Number seven was her highest ranking in singles, and for 94 weeks the Swiss was within the Top 10. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)