Banned Peng denies attempt to 'coerce' doubles partner out of Wimbledon
Peng Shuai has denied wrongdoing and vowed to return to tennis after the Chinese star was banned for six months and fined USD 10,000 for attempting to force her doubles partner to withdraw from Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old, a two-time Grand Slam winner in women's doubles, was punished on Wednesday by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the game's anti-corruption body.
It said that Peng "used coercion and offered the possibility of financial reward" to convince her doubles partner to pull out of Wimbledon in 2017 after the sign-in deadline so that she could swap partners.
But that did not stop the TIU banning the veteran for six months, with three suspended, meaning she is not eligible to play until November 8.
The TIU did not name the other player involved, but in denying wrongdoing on social media Peng named the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, 24, and said she had not tried to strong-arm her.
"During the 20 years of my professional career I have never used anyways to force a partner to drop out of a match," Peng, who won the women's doubles at Wimbledon in 2013 and Roland Garros in 2014, wrote on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter.
"In the meantime, I will not retire. I will discuss and solve whether to appeal or not with a lawyer," she wrote on Weibo.
"Thanks for everyone's concern."
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