Patty Schnyder, on Saturday, called time on a 17-year career which brought 11 titles, 59 Grand Slam appearances and a family split caused by a bizarre relationship with an orange juice-obsessed guru.
The 32-year-old Swiss made her Majors bow at Roland Garros in 1996 and suitably chose her 16th successive French Open to announce her decision.
“It's time to close this chapter of my tennis career. It's very emotional,” said a tearful Schnyder at a news conference.
“I had always wanted to win a Grand Slam title but that will have to remain a dream.”
Left-hander Schnyder reached a career high of seven in 2005, a year after she had recorded her best Grand Slam performance of a semifinal at the Australian Open in 2004.
On Saturday, she admitted that time was catching up with her and having not won a match on clay all year, she believed the time was right to bow out. — AFP