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China’s Peng hit with 6-month ban

The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been banned for six months for breaching the sport’s anti-corruption program by attempting to change her doubles partner through coercion after the sign-in deadline at last year’s Wimbledon.

The Tennis Integrity Unit announced the sanction on Wednesday, with three months of her ban suspended. Peng was also handed a $10,000 fine, with $5,000 suspended.

The TIU said Peng “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.”

Peng ended up not competing in the tournament after the offer was refused.

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