Patty Schnyder

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Patty Schnyder
Schnyder Roland Garros 2009 1.jpg
Country   Switzerland
Born (1978-12-14) 14 December 1978 (age 36)
Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro 1994
Retired 2011
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$8,419,111
Career record 555–369
Career titles 11 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (14 November 2005)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2004)
French Open QF (1998, 2008)
Wimbledon 4R (2007)
US Open QF (1998, 2008)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (2005)
Career record 230–241
Career titles 5 WTA
Highest ranking No. 15 (6 June 2005)
Last updated on: 23 May 2011.

Patty Schnyder (born 14 December 1978 in Basel[1]) is a former Swiss professional tennis player.[2] She played on the WTA tour from 1993 to 2011 and reached number 7 in the world rankings. She twice defeated a reigning world no. 1 player in her career: Martina Hingis at the 1998 Grand Slam Cup and Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Family Circle Cup. In addition, she defeated former number 1's Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo, Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova.

During her career she reached six Grand Slam singles quarterfinals and one Grand Slam singles semifinal. She won 11 WTA singles titles and 5 WTA doubles titles and earned over US$8.4 million in prize money.[3]


In 1996, Schnyder made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the French Open. In 1997, she quickly rose up through the rankings, and by August 1998 she had entered the WTA top 10. However, Schnyder fell out of the top 10 in April 1999, and spent the next six years ranked in the 15–30 range before re-entering the top 10 in May 2005.

In December 2003, Schnyder married Rainer Hofmann, who had accompanied her on the WTA tour since 1999 and became her full-time tennis coach in early 2003.

Schnyder won 11 singles titles, including a victory in Zürich (Tier I Event) over American former no.1 Lindsay Davenport, and 5 doubles titles. Her first title on U.S. soil came in August 2005, when she won at Cincinnati's Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. Schnyder is perhaps best known for defeating 4 top-10 players consecutively, including Serena Williams and then-world no.1 Jennifer Capriati, in 2002 at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, which is the largest women-only tennis event held in the United States.

Schnyder's best Grand Slam performance came at the 2004 Australian Open, where she reached the semifinals, before falling to Kim Clijsters. Later that season, she also reached the semifinals at the Tier 1 tournaments in Charleston and Zurich, two large WTA events where Schnyder has compiled an excellent record through the years.

2005 was Schnyder's most consistent overall season to date. She reached five tour finals, winning two of them (Gold Coast and Cincinnati, both Tier 3 events). She was runner-up at the Tier I events Rome (to Amélie Mauresmo) and Zurich (to Lindsay Davenport). She also reached the final in Linz (Tier 2), falling to Nadia Petrova. She reached the career high of world no. 7 after the end-of-season WTA Tour Championships.

2006 proved to be a good season for Schnyder also, staying within the top 10 and reaching the finals in Charleston (defeating top seed and defending champion Justine Henin in the semifinalss and also ending Henin's 2- match winning streak on clay, though Schnyder lost to Petrova in the final), and in Stanford (falling to top seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters).

Patty Schnyder at the 2007 Australian Open.

Schnyder had a mediocre year in 2007, where she lost her top-10 ranking. First, she obtained an invitation to play in the 2007 Watsons Water Champions Challenge. She reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, where she lost to Anna Chakvetadze, 4–6, 1–6, after leading 4–1 in the first set. At the French Open, she managed to reach the fourth round, where she had two match points against Maria Sharapova, but ended up losing, 6–3, 4–6, 7–9. At Wimbledon, she was beaten in the fourth round by no. 1 Justine Henin, 2–6, 2–6. At the Acura Classic in July, she reached the final, beating former no. 1 and compatriot Martina Hingis, 6–1, 6–7(4), 6–3, and Russian Elena Dementieva, 7–6, 6–0, along the way, before losing to Sharapova again in three sets, 2–6, 6–3, 0–6. Schnyder briefly moved up due to this. However, at the US Open, she lost in the third round to the unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek in a final set tie break, again wasting leads. After that, she played at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she fell 0–6, 2–6 to Ana Ivanovic. She finished her year with a run to the Generali Ladies Linz final, beating Chakvetadze 6–1, 6–0 in the quarterfinals and Marion Bartoli 7–6, 6–3 in the semifinals, before convincingly losing in the final to Hantuchová, 4–6, 2–6.

Schnyder began 2008 by beating Amélie Mauresmo in the quarterfinals of the Mondial Women's Hardcourts tournament in the Gold Coast before losing to Li Na in the semifinals. At the Australian Open, she lost in the second round to Australian Casey Dellacqua, 6–4, 5–7, 6–8. She then lost in the second round of the Proximus Diamond Games to eventual finalist Karin Knapp, losing in a final-set tiebreak. She entered the Qatar Total Open and beat Paszek easily, 6–4, 6–0. She lost to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulková in the second round, 4–6, 3–6. Schnyder then competed in the Bangalore Open, a Tier II event in Bangalore, India. She defeated Akgul Amanmuradova, 4–6, 6–4, 7–6, in the quarterfinals, and then managed to beat Zi Yan, 6–3, 6–4, in the semifinal. However, she lost to Serena Williams, 5–7, 3–6, in the final.

Schnyder at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament.

Schnyder again lost to Casey Dellacqua at Wimbledon in the first round. She played an epic match, but lost 4–6, 6–3, 1–6.

Alongside Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Schnyder played for her team in the 2008 Summer Olympics.[4]

At the US Open, Schnyder was seeded 15th. She beat Katarina Srebotnik in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years, where she lost to fifth seeded Elena Dementieva.

At the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic, Schnyder won her first title in over three years when she defeated Tamira Paszek in the final, 6–3, 6–0.

At the 2009 Madrid Masters, Schnyder defeated world no. 10 Nadia Petrova in the third round and world no. 4 Jelena Janković, 7–6(6), 6–3, in the quarterfinals, but lost to world no. 1 Dinara Safina in the semifinals, 4–6, 2–6.

2010 was a tough year for Patty. For the first time since 1996, she did not play in the Australian Open, due to injury. But, for the second year in a row, she did make it to the final in Budapest against Ágnes Szávay, but again lost. She lost two match points in the third round of the US Open and double-faulted on match point against Yanina Wickmayer. She again made her second final of the year in Linz, but suffered an upset at the hands of Ana Ivanovic, losing 2–6, 1–6 in just 47 minutes.[5]

Schnyder did not play at the beginning of the 2011 season, prior to the 2011 Australian Open, due to illness. At the Australian Open, she lost to the qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in the first round. In a March 2011 Bleacher report, Schnyder was listed as one of ten most underrated players on the WTA Tour. Schnyder signaled, after disappointing first-round losses in both singles and doubles at the Family Circle Cup, that she would indeed be retiring sometime that year. Schnyder proved in April that she was still Switzerland's no. 1 women's tennis player when she, along with Timea Bacsinszky, helped propel Switzerland back into World Group II at the Fed Cup. She announced her retirement in May 2011.[6]

WTA Tour singles finals (27)[edit]

Winner (11)[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Grand Slam Cup (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (1)
Tier III (5)
Tier IV-V (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in final Score
1. 18 January 1998 Hobart, Australia Hard Belgium Dominique van Roost 6–3, 6–2
2. 22 February 1998 Hannover, Germany Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná 6–0, 3–6, 7–5
3. 24 May 1998 Madrid, Spain Clay Belgium Dominique van Roost 3–6, 6–4, 6–0
4. 12 July 1998 Maria Lankowitz, Austria Clay Spain Gala León García 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
5. 19 July 1998 Palermo, Italy Clay Austria Barbara Schett 6–1, 5–7, 6–2
6. 10 January 1999 Gold Coast, Australia Hard France Mary Pierce 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
7. 11 November 2001 Pattaya City, Thailand Hard Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 6–0, 6–4
8. 20 October 2002 Zürich, Switzerland Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport 6–7(5–7), 7–6(10–8), 6–3
9. 8 January 2005 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Australia Samantha Stosur 1–6, 6–3, 7–5
10. 24 July 2005 Cincinnati, USA Hard Japan Akiko Morigami 6–4, 6–0
11. 8 September 2008 Bali, Indonesia Hard Austria Tamira Paszek 6–3, 6–0

Runner-up (16)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponents in final Score
1. 15 September 1996 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Clay Romania Ruxandra Dragomir 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
2. 28 September 1998 Munich, Germany Hard (i) United States Venus Williams 6–2, 3–6, 6–2
3. 16 July 2000 Klagenfurt, Austria Clay Austria Barbara Schett 5–7, 6–4, 6–4
4. 12 July 2001 Vienna, Austria Clay Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova 6–3, 6–2
5. 21 April 2002 Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA Clay Croatia Iva Majoli 7–6(7–5), 6–4
6. 15 May 2005 Rome, Italy Clay France Amélie Mauresmo 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
7. 23 October 2005 Zürich, Switzerland Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport 7–6(7–5), 6–3
8. 30 October 2005 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Russia Nadia Petrova 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
9. 16 April 2006 Charleston, South Carolina, USA Clay Russia Nadia Petrova 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
10. 30 July 2006 Stanford, California, USA Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 6–4, 6–2
11. 16 April 2007 San Diego, California, USA Hard Russia Maria Sharapova 6–2, 3–6, 6–0
12. 28 October 2007 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 6–2
13. 9 March 2008 Bangalore, India Hard United States Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3
14. 12 July 2009 Budapest, Hungary Clay Hungary Ágnes Szávay 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
15. 11 July 2010 Budapest, Hungary Clay Hungary Ágnes Szávay 6–2, 6–4
16. 17 October 2010 Linz, Austria Hard (i) Serbia Ana Ivanovic 6–1, 6–2

WTA Tour doubles finals[edit]

Winner (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 May 1998 Hamburg, Germany Clay Austria Barbara Schett Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
2. 17 February 2002 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva France Nathalie Dechy
United States Meilen Tu
6–3, 6–7, 6–3
3. 9 February 2003 Paris, France Carpet Austria Barbara Schett France Marion Bartoli
France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
2–6, 6–2, 7–6
4. 15 February 2004 Paris, France Carpet Austria Barbara Schett Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–3, 6–2
5. 5 October 2008 Stuttgart, Germany Hard Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–4

ITF singles titles (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 4 May 1995 Nitra, Slovak Republic Clay Chile Bárbara Castro 1–6, 6–2, 6–3
2. 21 May 1995 Prešov, Slovak Republic Clay Czech Republic Jana Ondrouchová 6–1, 6–0
3. 25 June 1995 Cureglia, Switzerland Clay Germany Camilla Kremer 6–2, 6–1

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Performance key
W winner #R lost in the early rounds Z# Davis Cup Zonal Group (number) B semifinalist, won bronze medal
F runner-up RR lost at round robin stage PO Davis Cup play-off NH not held
SF semifinalist Q# lost in qualification round G won Olympic gold medal NMS Not a Masters Series event
QF quarterfinalist A absent S runner-up, won silver medal NPM Not a Premier Mandatory or 5 event
Update either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the event has ended.
NM5 means an event that is neither a Premier Mandatory nor a Premier 5 tournament.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through Schnyder's retirement on 28 May 2011.

Tournament 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Career
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A LQ 4R 4R 2R 4R 1R 1R 4R SF QF QF 4R 2R 2R A 1R 0 / 14 31–14
French Open A A A 1R 3R QF 3R 1R 2R 4R 4R 2R 4R 4R 4R QF 1R 1R 1R 0 / 16 29–16
Wimbledon A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 4R 1R 1R 1R A 0 / 15 10–15
US Open A A A A 3R QF 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 4R 4R 4R 3R QF 2R 3R A 0 / 14 32–14
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 7–4 12–4 5–4 5–4 4–4 6–4 7–4 10–4 10–4 11–4 11–4 9–4 2–4 2–3 0–2 0 / 59 102 / 59
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A 1R A A A 1R A A RR A A A A A A 0 / 3 1–4
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells Not Tier I A A A 3R 3R 2R 2R A A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 0 / 7 4–7
Key Biscayne A A A A 2R 4R 4R 3R 2R 2R A A 3R 4R 2R 3R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 13 13–12
Madrid Not Held SF 3R 1R 0 / 3 6–3
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I 2R 2R A 0 / 2 2–2
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I A 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2
Rome A A A A SF 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R F 3R SF QF 3R 2R 1R 0 / 15 24–15
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 2R A A 0 / 1 1–1
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 1R 1R 2R A 2R A A A A 3R 3R 2R 2R A 0 / 8 10–9
Tokyo A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A 1R A A 0 / 1 0–1
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Charleston A A A A 2R QF SF 3R 1R F 2R SF SF F 2R QF NM5 0 / 12 27–12
Moscow Not Held Not
Tier I
2R 2R 1R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R QF 2R A 0 / 10 6–9
Doha Not Held Not Tier I 2R Not
NM5 0 / 3 4–3
Berlin A A A A 1R 1R QF 1R 3R A 3R 3R SF QF QF 1R Not Held 0 / 11 16–10
San Diego Not Tier I 1R QF SF F Not
NM5 0 / 4 10–4
Zürich A LQ 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R W QF SF F 1R 2R Not
Tier I
Not Held 1 / 14 18–13
Philadelphia A A A Not Tier I Not Held Not Tier I Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Career Statistics
Tournaments Won 0 0 3 0 0 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 N/A 14
Year End Ranking N/A 786 152 64 26 11 21 25 37 15 23 14 7 9 16 14 43 44 N/A N/A N/A

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