Razzano Falls To Schnyder
Published February 09, 2010 12:00
PARIS, France - Patty Schnyder made a successful return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on Monday after missing the Australian season with a foot injury. The former Top 10 player pulled off the first upset of the Premier-level event, dispatching No.7 seed Virginie Razzano in straight sets.
Schnyder, once ranked No.7 but now No.44, sat out the Australian Open with left foot tendonitis; it was the first Grand Slam she missed since the 1996 US Open, snapping a 52-long streak. She returned to action in zonal Fed Cup play over the weekend and this week makes her Tour return in Paris.
Taking on the No.24-ranked Razzano, against whom she had lost her last two meetings, Schnyder was strong out of the gates, building a 63 42 lead and, despite seeing that lead dissipate, she closed it out, 63 76(3).
"It's definitely great I could start with a win. I had some matches last week for the Fed Cup, which helped me, but now it's on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour again," said Schnyder, now 3-2 lifetime against Razzano. "It's a big stadium and it was a Top 30 player, so I'm really happy I could win in two sets."
"I played very well today but Patty was a little better," Razzano said. "She played incredible tennis today. I couldn't do anything more to beat her, and I said congrats to her. When I'm playing well and can't do anything more and lose, I say bravo. I hope she can go far here. For me it's a disappointment to have lost today, but it's okay. I can continue and concentrate on Dubai."