China's former world number one doubles star Peng Shuai was banned for six months and fined USD 10,000 on Wednesday for attempting to force her doubles partner to withdraw from Wimbledon in 2017, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced.
"Peng Shuai 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 Wimbledon 2017," the TIU said in a statement.
"Although the offer was refused and Peng Shuai did not subsequently compete at The Championships, it constituted a breach of the Tennis 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 player in February 2014 and reached a career-best singles ranking of 14 in August 2011.
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