Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai

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Peng Shuai is a Chinese professional tennis player. Peng Shuai competes in a variety of individual competitions such as the Grand Slam, Wimbledon, and Tour Championships, among others. In February of 2014, the Women’s Tennis Association ranked her as the world’s number one doubles player. She was the first Chinese tennis player to achieve so.

Early Lifestyle and Childhood

Peng Shuai was born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China, on January 8, 1986. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn, according to astrology. Her mother’s name is Zhang Bing, and her father is Peng Jijun who was a police officer.

At the age of eight, her uncle introduced her to tennis. Her uncle was a well-known tennis coach in China. However, she got diagnosed with a heart abnormality at the age of 13 years old.

Peng Shuai was sexually assaulted and then vanished

She recently accused CCP (Chinese Communist Party) high-ranking member Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault on her in November of 2021.

In her Weibo account, the two-time Grand Slam winner expressed her dissatisfaction. According to her, she was pressured into having an intimate relationship. She erased the post in less than 20 minutes, but the public had already taken screenshots.

Following the revelation, it was rumored that Peng had been kidnapped as a result of her charges. People have suspected the Chinese government of doing so, but no information on her whereabouts has been released.

Following the event, WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon warned that the organization will be forced to leave China. They must secure her safety and conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

According to CNN, the Chinese tennis star has been seen in several recordings. She was seen in one scene with the co-director of the China Open Tournaments. International committees, on the other hand, are concerned about her safety, and those clips were modified.

Professional Life

She won her first singles title at Baotou, a $10k tournament, in 2001, at the age of 15 years and four months, after entering as a wildcard and defeating countrywoman Sun Tiantian 6–1, 6–4 in the semifinal. In July, she won her second ITF tournament of the year. Then, as a wildcard, she made her WTA Tour debut in Shanghai in October, losing in the first round against Tamarine Tanasugarn.

After entering as a wildcard and defeating countrywoman Sun Tiantian 6–1, 6–4 in the quarterfinal, she won her maiden singles title at Baotou, a $10,000 tournament, in early June 2001, at the age of 15 years and four months. She won her second ITF tournament of the year in July. In October, she made her WTA Tour debut as a wildcard in Shanghai, losing to Tamarine Tanasugarn in the first round.

Peng left Tianjin Tennis Team, a Chinese state-run training program that collected more than half of her earnings, in 2005 to “fly alone.”  She and three other players earned their freedom from the program by threatening to stop playing altogether if they didn’t.

Peng won all three qualifying matches in Sydney in straight sets in January 2005, advancing to her first WTA Tour quarterfinal. She defeated No. 2 seed Anastasia Myskina in straight sets in the second round, as well as Camille Pin, Tzipora Obziler, Denisa Chládková, and Mashona Washington, all without dropping a set. She was leading 6–3, 4–2 in the quarterfinals against Russian fifth seed Nadia Petrova, and on her way to yet another shock straight-set triumph, when Petrova retired. Alicia Molik, the sixth seed from Australia, beat Peng in the semifinals, improving her ranking from 80 to 48.

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Peng, ranked No. 45, defeated top-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the semifinals of an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong on January 4, 2008, in the silver group (a battle among all first-round losers).

This success was short-lived, as she went on to lose five of her next six tournaments, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open. Peng won her first match of the year against Anne Kremer at the Tier-II Bangalore Open before losing to Venus Williams in three sets; she also won the doubles title with Sun Tiantian. She then defeated Karin Knapp, the 23rd seed, in the third round in Indian Wells.

Similarly, she then took a month off before returning to compete at the Madrid Open. Peng, however, became unable to repeat her 2011 victory and lost the first round to Lucie Hradecká. She was defeated in the first round in Rome. Likewise, she then competed in a warm-up tournament in Brussels before Roland Garros, where she had final points to defend. Moreover, she paired with Sofia Arvidsson. Peng was defeated in two sets in the first round.

Peng Shuai

Caption: Peng Shuai career Source: NBC News

After 2018

She then competed at the Wimbledon Championships as the 30th seed, defeating Sandra Zaniewska, Ayumi Morita, and Arantxa Rus to reach the round of 16 for the second year in a row. Maria Kirilenko defeated her in three sets. Similarly, she competed in the women’s singles and women’s doubles events at the 2012 Summer Olympics with Zheng Jie. She advanced to the second round.

Moreover, she competed at the Kunming Open in April. Alexandra Cadanţu knocked her out in the first round.  Antonia Lottner defeated her in the first round of the Empire Slovak Open. She lost to Rebecca Ramková in the first round of qualifying at Roland Garros.

Peng lost the first round of the Ilkley Trophy to Yanina Wickmayer. Samantha Murray Sharan, a British wildcard, defeated her in the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon.

After 2020

The Shenzhen Open was Peng’s first tournament of the 2020 season. Ekaterina Alexandrova, the fifth seed and eventual champion defeated her in the second round.  She and Zhang Shuai reached the final of the doubles event in Hobart. However, they lost against Nadiia Kichenok/Sania Mirza.  In the first round of the Australian Open by qualifier Nao Hibino, she lost.

Peng lost the second round of the Thailand Open to Magda Linette, the fifth seed and eventual champion. She lost to Magdalena French in the first round of qualifying in Doha. She hasn’t played a match since the Qatar Total Open in Doha in February 2020.

Net worth

According to reliable sources, Peng Shuai’s net worth is around $5 million. She also makes money from endorsement arrangements with other brands, but her main source of revenue is from tennis tournaments and the awards she wins.

The 2013 WTA champion began earning money at the age of 15 when she won her first tournament in 2001 for $10,000. She went on to win another $10,000 tournament in February 2002. According to a reliable source, she has won a total of $9.6 million in prize money thus far.

Relationship Status

She is single. She lives alone in Beijing, China, and is not in a relationship. Peng Shuai, on the other hand, is close to former senior Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli. The purported couple enjoyed spending time together outside. However, she later claimed that her purported lover had sexually assaulted her.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Her height is 177 cm and 5 feet 10 inches. Her physical weight is between 67 kg and 121 lbs. Likewise, her eyes are black, and her hair is also black. Her height and weight aren’t available.

Besides this, she hasn’t opened up her social media accounts including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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