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The Return of Patty Schnyder at the Swiss Open in Gstaad

The Return of Patty Schnyder at the Swiss Open in Gstaad

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by GALE MOORMAN

"I just feel ready to try and win any match every time I step onto the court. It would be the same in any round", Patty Schnyder had said glad to be coming back on tour. The age that most decide to stop playing tennis and gointo another avenue of the game, Patty Schnyder at 37, wants to return back to the game that gave her so much fun and happiness.

She has received a wildcard to be at the Ladies Championships in Gstaad this wek and hasn't played much since the 2011 French Open, when she left after bowing out at the opening round. This tennis lifestyle began for Schnyder in 1994 when turning pro had propelled her career instantly.

A few years later, she appeared at her first grand slam--The French Open and rose quickly in the rankings entring the WTA top 10. In 2003, she'd marry her full time coach Rainer Hofmann a happy time for both. She'd have her best Slam performance at the 2004 Australian Open, making the semifinals and the following year reaching five tour finals and runner-up status at the Italian Open opposite France's Amelie Mauresmo, but got her karma back when she defeated Mauresmo in the 2008 quarterfinals of the Mondial Women's Hardcourts in the Gold Coast.

But 2008 was good and she'd also played in the Summer Olympics in Beijing, China winning her first title at the Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic. Injuries and illness had plagued her a few years later and after opening round losses at the Family Circle and Fed Cups, she became disappointed and decided to retire in 2011.

By then her personal life also took a change as her husband had gotten into scrapes with the law and bankruptcy, with them soon divorcing and the following year Patty revealing that she was pregnant but playfully hinting that the same man wasn't the father, saying "And there is even a real Daddy, who is also full of anticipation.

So a sperm donor was not needed. We enjoy this beautiful and exciting time". She'd give birth to a girl and Schnyder did gradually move back into tennis in 2015 by playing Futures and Challenger levels. She made her comeback to the WTA World Tour last year at the 2016 Volvo Car Open also as a wildcard losing to number three Samantha Crawford in the opening round 2-6, 6-1, 2-6.

In Schnyder's career thus far she has cranked up 11 single and 5 doubles WTA titles and has entered the Swiss Open tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland. When many decide to hang up their rackets and tennis shoes at 37, Patty is dusting hers off and starting her comeback.

She just wants to get started and says "I'm not watching the rankings too much...I just want to play and compete again...I've always had that desire, that passion". Also Read: Conchita Martinez says she won't coach Muguruza in the next events .

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