Barbara Schett

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Barbara Schett
Barbara Schett 2006.JPG
Full name Barbara Schett Eagle
Country (sports)  Austria
Born (1976-03-10) 10 March 1976 (age 39)
Innsbruck, Austria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2005
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $3,109,510
Career record 349–279
Career titles 3 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 7 (13 September 1999)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)
French Open 4R (2000, 2001)
Wimbledon 4R (1999)
US Open QF (1999)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals QF (1999)
Olympic Games QF (2000)
Career record 214–179
Career titles 10 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 8 (15 January 2001)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2000)
French Open QF (1998, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Wimbledon 4R (2000, 2002, 2004)
US Open SF (1999, 2004)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2000)

Barbara Schett Eagle (born 10 March 1976) is a former Austrian tennis player, who reached her highest singles ranking of World No. 7 in September 1999. She ended her career at the 2005 Australian Open. Between 1993 to 2004 she played in 48 games for the Austria Fed Cup team, winning 30. She also represented Austria at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in singles and doubles reaching the quarter-finals in the singles. Now she works for Eurosport as a commentator and presenter.

Tennis career[edit]


Barbara Schett made her debut at the WTA Tour as a wild card entrant for the tournament in Kitzbühel. She played mostly at the ITF Circuit, and won the ITF tournament in Zaragoza in 1992. In 1993, Schett broke into the top 200, and reached the quarterfinals at Kitzbühel and Montpellier. In Kitzbühel, Schett defeated World No. 17 Katerina Maleeva in the third round, and lost in the quarterfinals to Judith Wiesner.

In 1994, Schett played her first grand slam tournament, qualifying at the 1994 Australian Open. She fell in the second round of qualifications.[1] Schett reached her first semifinal at the WTA Tour at the Generali Ladies Linz, losing to Sabine Appelmans. She made her grand slam debut at the 1994 French Open, but was defeated in the first round. On 4 April 1994, Schett broke into the top 100 at No. 99.[1] The following year, she reached the semifinal of the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo and the quarterfinal of the ECM Prague Open, and also made her Fed Cup debut for Austria versus the United States.


Barbara Schett started the season playing at the ASB Classic in Auckland, Medibank International in Sydney and the 1996 Australian Open. At the Australian Open, she reached the fourth round, losing to German player Anke Huber. In the third round, she defeated Helena Suková.

The year's singles highlights of Schett include the quarterfinal of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, her first title at the Internazionali Femminili (the victory over Sabine Hack) in Palermo, the first Tier I semifinal at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, and the defeat over World No. 8 Magdalena Maleeva at the Bausch & Lomb Championships. That was her first victory over the top 10 player. She also played for Austria in the Fed Cup versus Germany, losing her singles match to Steffi Graf.[1] Schett also reached the semifinals of the Mutua Madrileña (with Patty Schnyder), the Palermo title (with Janette Husárová) and the final of the Tier I Kremlin Cup (with Silvia Farina Elia, losing to the second seeds Natalia Medvedeva and Larisa Neiland). This was the first year that Schett finished as the top 50 player, at the No. 38.[1]


Barbara Schett started the season with the loss at the first round of ASB Classic in Auckland, and then lost at the Moorilla Hobart International in Hobart, also in the first round. She reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to the fourth seed Martina Hingis, who won the tournament later. Schett then made the chain of three consecutive first-round losses, at the Open Gaz de France (Paris), in Hanover and at the Pacific Life Open (Indian Wells).

She then reached the fourth round of Miami Masters (lost to Iva Majoli in three sets, 6—2, 4—6, 6—2) and the third round in Hilton Head (lost to Martina Hingis with 6—3, 6—3). Schett reached the second round of Bausch & Lomb Championships (lost in the second round to Jana Novotná), the quarterfinals in Hamburg (lost to Ruxandra Dragomir), the second round of the Italian Open (lost to Monica Seles) and the second round of the German Open (lost to Arantxa Sánchez Vicario). Playing with Silvia Farina Elia, Schett reached the semifinals of the women's doubles tournament in Paris, and the quarterfinals of Hanover and Rome (Rome with Patty Schnyder). At the second grand slam tournament of the season, the 1997 French Open, Schett retired from her first round match. Her next tournament was 1997 Wimbledon Championships — she lost in the second round to Magdalena Grzybowska (4—6, 6—3, 6—2).

Schett then reached her first consecutive final at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, but lost to the second seed Sandrine Testud; also won the doubles title with Silvia Farina Elia. She then lost in the first round of J&S Cup in Warsaw to Virginia Ruano Pascual. Schett won her second tournament at the WTA Austria tournament in her native Austria, in Maria Lankowitz. She defeated Henrieta Nagyová in the final. Schett then made the chain of four consecutive second round losses, at the Atlanta tournament (lost to Sarah Pitkowski), 1997 US Open (lost to Kimberly Po), in Leipzig (lost to Iva Majoli) and in Filderstadt (lost to Anna Kournikova).

Schett finished the 1997 WTA season at the Zürich Open. She retired from her match of the first round, played against Ai Sugiyama.


Schett lost in the first round of ASB Classic to Julie Halard-Decugis; then reached the quarterfinal of Moorilla Hobart International (lost to Patty Schnyder). She also reached the fourth round of the 1998 Australian Open, but was defeated by Conchita Martínez in straight sets, 6—3, 6—3. After losses in early phases of the tournaments (Open Gaz de France, Hanover, Indian Wells, Miami, Hilton Head and Amelia Island), Schett reached the semifinal in Hamburg; she lost to the first seed Martina Hingis. In Hamburg, she also captured the doubles title with Patty Schnyder.

Schett lost in the second round of both the Italian Open and the German Open, but then reached the semifinals of Mutua Madrileña (lost to Dominique van Roost). She lost to Adriana Gerši in the first round of 1998 French Open, and then to Venus Williams in the second round of 1998 Wimbledon Championships. Schett reached the quarterfinal of WTA Austria, losing to Emmanuelle Gagliardi. She then reached her fourth consecutive final at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, but was defeated by Patty Schnyder. In Boston, she played her second consecutive final, but lost to Mariaan de Swardt. After the first round losses at the Du Maurier Open and Pilot Pen Tennis New Heaven, she lost to Amanda Coetzer in the third round of 1998 US Open.

Schett lost in the first round of Filderstadt to Anna Kournikova in three sets, 1—6, 6—4, 7—6(5). She then lost to Nathalie Tauziat in the quarterfinal the Zürich Open and to Monica Seles in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. She then lost in the second round of both Fortis Championships Luxembourg (lost to Ai Sugiyama) and Leipzig (lost to Anke Huber).


1999 – Schett's first Top 10 finish, winning $725,865 (career-best) and scoring 47 Tour singles wins (equal fourth on Tour for season). Defeated world No. 9 Conchita Martínez and No. 4 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario en route to Sydney semi-final (l. to No. 2 Hingis 76 third set). Reached her first Tier I final at Moscow, and Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open. Broke into the Top 10 at a career-high No. 7 following US Open (13 September) and reached the semi-finals at Auckland and Hamburg. Also qualified for the WTA Tour Championships and Grand Slam Cup.

2000 – Won her third career Tour singles title at Klagenfurt. Recorded victories over No. 5 seed Amanda Coetzer and No. 3 Nathalie Tauziat en route to Zurich semi-final. Reached six more quarter-finals, but also struggled with nagging injuries. She withdrew from Paris & Hanover in February with a stomach muscle injury, retired at Hamburg & withdrew from Strasbourg in May with a sinus infection and retired at Linz with an infected right toe.

2001 – Semi-finalist at Doha (l. to Hingis) and quarter-finalist at Vienna and Moscow. First victory over a world number 2 in six meetings, against Venus Williams at the French Open. Won the Sydney doubles title (with Kournikova), reaching a career-high No. 8 doubles ranking afterwards (15 January) then went on to the Australian Open as mixed doubles runner-up (with Eagle).

2002 – Seventh consecutive Top 50 finish, reaching five quareter-finals, including the Canadian Open (d. world No. 15 Rubin and No. 7 Clijsters, marking fourth time in her career she defeated two Top 20 players in one tournament). Also won the Hamburg doubles (with Hingis). Otherwise, she obtained an invite from Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play The Hong Kong Ladies Challenge 2002.

2003 – Apart from reaching the Madrid semi-final (first in more than two years), Gold Coast quarter-final and Roland Garros 3rd round, she did not win consecutive matches all season. In doubles she won Paris [Indoors] (with Schnyder) and reached the Hobart final (with Wartusch). At the French Open, she suffered a 6–0, 6–0 defeat to defending champion Serena Williams.[2]

2004 – As world no. 77 at Indian Wells, defeated world No.13 Paola Suárez 6–3 6–4 (first Top 20 win in nearly 18 months) en route to the 4th round but lost to no. 20 C. Martinez. Quarter-finalist at Estoril and s'Hertogenbosch but failed to qualify at three Tour events. In doubles, she won titles at Paris [Indoors] (defended with Schnyder), Budapest (with Mandula) and Stockholm – her tenth career doubles title (with Molik). Also a finalist at Hobart (with Callens), and semi-finalist at 's-Hertogenbosch, Los Angeles, US Open (all with Schnyder) and Linz (with Wartusch). Member of the Austrian Fed Cup team that upset US team 4–1 in the quarter-finals to reach second semi-final in three years (second upset over the US in as many years. She handed Martina Navratilova her first Fed Cup loss after 40 singles/doubles victories dating back to 1975). Schett announced plans in October to retire following the 2005 Australian Open.

2005 – Played final professional event at Australian Open, picking up last victory with defeat of wild card Welford in the first round. Fell to no. 26 seed Daniela Hantuchová, 6–4 6–0 in the second round in her last professional singles match.

Career achievements[edit]

Barbara Schett won a total of 13 WTA tournaments, 3 in the singles category and 10 in the doubles. She has also won one ITF tournament. In 1999 she qualified for the season ending WTA Tour Championships reaching the quarterfinals and was named TENNIS Magazine's Most Improved Player.

Personal life[edit]

Schett is married to former Australian tennis player Joshua Eagle.[3] On 28 April 2009, Schett gave birth to a son named Noah.

Schett's friends, among the tennis players, include Anke Huber, Daniela Hantuchová, Janette Husárová, Anna Kournikova, Iva Majoli, Jennifer Capriati, Chanda Rubin and Patty Schnyder;[4] admires Stefan Edberg's playing style.[4] She listed Schindler's List her favorite film, and Harrison Ford and Gwyneth Paltrow her favorite actors;[4] also admires the music of Whitney Houston and Bob Marley.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

WTA singles wins (3)[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV & V (2)
Olympic Games (0)
No. Date Tournament Location Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 21 July 1996 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Palermo, Italy Clay Germany Sabine Hack 6–3, 6–3
3. 3 August 1997 WTA Austria Maria Lankowitz, Austria Clay Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
4. 16 July 2000 Uniqa Grand Prix Klagenfurt, Austria Clay Switzerland Patty Schnyder 5–7, 6–4, 6–4

WTA singles runner-ups (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Location Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 19 July 1998 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Palermo, Italy Clay Switzerland Patty Schnyder 6–1, 5–7, 6–2
2. 14 August 1998 Boston Cup Boston, the United States Hard South Africa Mariaan de Swardt 3–6, 7–6, 7–5
3. 24 October 1999 Kremlin Cup Moscow, Russia Carpet France Nathalie Tauziat 2–6, 6–4, 6–1

WTA doubles wins (10)[edit]

Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0)
Tier II (5)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (5)
Olympic Games (0)
No. Date Tournament Location Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. 21 July 1996 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Palermo, Italy Clay Slovakia Janette Husárová Argentina Florencia Labat
Germany Barbara Rittner
6–1, 6–2
2. 20 July 1997 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo Palermo, Italy Clay Italy Silvia Farina Elia Argentina Florencia Labat
Argentina Mercedes Paz
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
3. 3 May 1998 WTA Hamburg Hamburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Patty Schnyder Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
4. 10 January 1999 ASB Classic Auckland, New Zealand Hard Italy Silvia Farina Elia Netherlands Seda Noorlander
Germany Marlene Weingärtner
6–2, 7–6
5. 14 January 2001 Medibank International Sydney, Australia Hard Russia Anna Kournikova United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 7–5
6. 5 May 2002 WTA Hamburg Hamburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Spain Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario
6–1, 6–1
7. 9 February 2003 Open Gaz de France Paris, France Carpet Switzerland Patty Schnyder France Marion Bartoli
France Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
2–6, 6–2, 7–6
8. 15 February 2004 Open Gaz de France Paris, France Carpet Switzerland Patty Schnyder Italy Silvia Farina Elia
Italy Francesca Schiavone
6–3, 6–2
9. 2 May 2004 Budapest Grand Prix Budapest, Hungary Clay Hungary Petra Mandula Hungary Virág Németh
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
6–3, 6–2
10. 8 August 2004 Nordea Nordic Light Open Stockholm, Sweden Hard Australia Alicia Molik Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–3, 6–3

ITF singles title (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Location Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 22 March 1992 ITF Zaragoza Zaragoza, Spain Clay Spain Eva Jiménez Sanz 6–4, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 SR W–L W%
Australian Open A A A Q2 1R 4R 3R 4R 4R 4R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 11 20–11 65%
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 4R 4R 2R 3R 1R A 0 / 11 11–11 50%
Wimbledon A A A 1R A 2R 2R 2R 4R 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 10 10–10 50%
US Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 4R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 11 14–11 56%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–3 5–4 4–4 6–4 12–4 7–4 10–4 5–4 4–4 1–4 1–1 0 / 43 55–43 56%
Tier I Tournaments
Tokyo Tier II A A A A A A A A A 2R A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Indian Wells Tier II 1R 2R 1R 4R 4R 3R 1R 4R A 0 / 8 9–8 53%
Miami A A A A 3R 2R 3R 2R QF 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R A 0 / 10 9–10 47%
Charleston A A A A A A 3R 1R 3R 2R A A 1R A A 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Berlin A A A A A 1R 2R 2R QF A 2R 2R 2R 2R A 0 / 8 9–8 53%
Rome A A A A A 3R 2R 2R A A 1R 2R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 6–7 46%
San Diego Tier III Tier II 2R A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Montreal / Toronto A A A A A 1R A 1R QF 1R 3R QF 1R A A 0 / 7 8–7 53%
Moscow T V Not Held Tier III A 2R F QF QF Q1 A A A 0 / 4 8–4 67%
Zürich Tier II Q1 A A 2R 1R QF 2R SF 2R A A A A 0 / 6 8–6 57%
Year-End Rank 758 233 136 100 83 38 38 23 8 23 21 40 79 88 N/A

Records against other top players[edit]

As of 5 February 2011, Schett's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

  • Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.


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