In May this year, she suffered a rib injury at Madrid Open which made her reconsider her career.
Though her career earned her more than million, her bids for the top prizes in tennis were typically halted by Serena and Venus Williams as the sisters dominated the sport.
But Hantuchova relished duelling with the best."They were always pushing me, especially Serena, to find a way how I can always improve," she said."After Madrid, after I had a stress fracture in my rib I couldn't do anything for months,"Hantuchova said in an interview with WTA."Those are the times you start to think about everything.
Mc Ilroy, who won the Deustche Bank Championship in Boston on Monday, is the current Fed Ex leader and was partnering Tiger Woods in the first round.
Elsewhere, at the Dutch Open Paul Casey’s name was back on the leaderboard.
Alas, Hantuchova, now out of the world’s top 40, has been forced to keep positive in light of last week’s first-round exit in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the US Open.
Last night, Garcia was playing in the first round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, trying to advance his claims of winning the $10 million Fed Ex Cup bonus which goes to the points-leader after the Tour Championship in two weeks’ time.
“Daniela and I have been friends for a while and we see each other when we can,” said Garcia, whose long-term girlfriend is Wales’s Nicola Horrex.
“The idea was, when we are playing our sports, not to get too down when things don’t go well.” The vow had an instant impact for Garcia with victory in last month’s Wyndham Championship, which cemented his Ryder Cup berth, and then a third place in the following week’s Fed Ex Cup opener, the Barclays.In a career that remains of the underachieving variety, Hantuchova has, like Garcia, allowed her insecurities to obstruct her grand slam dreams.So this decidedly odd couple pledged to do something about it.The current relationship status of Daniela Hantuchova is not known. Garcia has credited his recent return to form to the Slovakian tennis player.She continued to be a formidable opponent until 2013 where she made the US Open quarter-final.