|Patty Schnyder of Switzerland hits a return during her first round loss to Romania's Sorana Cirstea at French Open tennis tournament in Paris in this May 24, 2011 file photo. Schnyder is retiring from tennis with immediate effect because of a desire to pursue other interests. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)
Patty Schnyder has announced her retirement after 17 years of professional tennis.
The 32-year-old Swiss native won 11 WTA titles and reached as high as No. 7 in the world. She made the decision just days after a first-round exit at the 2011 French Open.
"It's time to close this amazing chapter of my life," Schnyder said in a statement released by the WTA. "This very emotional decision makes me thankful and proud of all the moments I have been able to share on and off the court with fans from all over the world, and with the champions and legends from many decades."
Schnyder turned pro in 1994 and won her first WTA title four years later in Hobart. She reached 27 career WTA finals and compiled a match record of 552-361.
This year's French Open marked her 59th appearance in a Grand Slam event, sixth-most in the Open Era (1968). Her best major championship finish was a semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters at the 2004 Australian Open. She also reached six other Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Schnyder represented Switzerland at the Olympics in Atlanta, Athens and Beijing, while also playing for her home country in 37 Fed Cup ties.