Patty Schnyder has had an impressive tennis career with wins over the likes of Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, just to name a few. At one point, Schnyder was ranked seventh in the world.
But that was many years ago, and this week, Schnyder is on the comeback trail in Macon at the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic.
Schnyder retired in 2011 but decided to make a comeback in 2015.
“I was done in 2011, and it was the right call to retire,” said Schnyder, who currently is ranked 164th. “When I decided to come back, I did it because I missed competing, and now I am just having fun with the tennis and the traveling. It really has been great fun having my 3-year-old daughter traveling with me. Tennis has been a big part of my life, and I am glad to be able to be playing again.”
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Schnyder prefers to look forward with her career and not where she was as a player 20 years ago.
“I am not as good as I once was, and I guess if I was, that would be a surprise,” said Schnyder, who is now 38. “I don’t compare myself now to where I once was, and I try not to think of what’s ahead of me. I think I have a shot to play well here in Macon, but all of these girls in the 150 to 300 rankings and even higher are all very good. I have been winning on clay, so we will have to see how I can do on the hardcourt here at Mercer.”
The singles qualifying rounds moved in to the second round Monday, and rain moved the starting times to late afternoon. Early winners included Ashley Kratzer, Ashley Weinhold, Ulrikke Eikeri, Jessica Pegula and Sabrina Santamaria.
The qualifying rounds end Tuesday with the four women advancing to the main draw, which also begins Tuesday. Play is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The bad thing is was that we got some rain in the morning, but the good news is that the weather looks good, and we will have non-stop tennis on Tuesday and Wednesday and that is great for all of the fans,” Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes said.