29 May 2011

Tennis: Patty Schnyder calls time on 17-year career

9:12 am on 29 May 2011

Switzerland's Patty Schnyder is retiring from tennis with immediate effect because of a desire to pursue other interests, the emotional 32-year-old told a news conference yesterday.

The world number 55, whose best showing in a grand slam was reaching the last four at the 2004 Australian Open, lost in the French Open first round on Tuesday to Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

Schnyder's 17-year career brought 11 titles and 59 grand slam appearances.