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China's Peng banned and fined for Wimbledon corruption attempt

AFP  |  London 

China's former world number one doubles star was banned for six months and fined USD 10,000 on Wednesday for attempting to force her doubles partner to withdraw from in 2017, the Integrity Unit announced.

"was found to have used coercion and offered the possibility of financial reward in return for her main draw partner agreeing to withdraw from the ladies doubles event at 2017," the TIU said in a statement.

"Although the offer was refused and did not subsequently compete at The Championships, it constituted a breach of the Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)."

Peng's attempt to change her doubles partner came after the sign-in deadline.

Peng, 32, was banned for six months, with three suspended, and fined USD 10,000, with USD 5,000 suspended, on condition that she commits no further breaches of the anti-corruption code.

She will be eligible to play again on November 8 this year.

The Chinese star is currently ranked 20 in doubles and 80 in singles. However, she was the number one ranked doubles in February 2014 and reached a career-best singles ranking of 14 in August 2011.

Peng has won two WTA singles titles in her career as well as two Grand Slam women's doubles crowns at in 2013 and in 2014, both alongside Taiwan's

She hasn't played since Wimbledon last month where she was knocked out in the first round of the singles before a second round exit in the doubles where she teamed up with of

The TIU added that Peng's former of has also been banned for three months for his role in the same affair.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 09:40 IST