Peng Shuai: WTA ‘deeply concerned’ after Chinese tennis star fails to return to home after treatment

Peng Shuai was fined three weeks’ pay for not returning home after having treatment WTA chiefs say they remain “deeply concerned” about Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was fined a week’s pay for…

Peng Shuai: WTA 'deeply concerned' after Chinese tennis star fails to return to home after treatment

Peng Shuai was fined three weeks’ pay for not returning home after having treatment

WTA chiefs say they remain “deeply concerned” about Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was fined a week’s pay for failing to return to China after receiving treatment during a tournament.

The 32-year-old failed to return on 8 July, after turning up in Switzerland to play a quarter-final.

Her coach said she had not wanted to “adverse affect” her China Open semi-final and final at Beijing.

Peng received a three-week fine for that, with US$33,500 (£25,000) in additional wages as compensation.

China Open Tennis Tournament president Liu Chuaiwan said Peng should not have taken her time off.

He told the Beijing News: “She should not have come to Switzerland. She should have stayed at the hotel and attended the rehab session herself.”

World number 42 Peng was suffering from a shoulder injury and asked for treatment during the tournament in the Swiss city of Bern.

But she was not given the option of returning until she reached the final, and missed the knockout stages.

Peng did still repay a portion of her match fees during the tournament, but was not allowed to take her place on court before the 11 July semi-final.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon said: “We are very disappointed that there has been a lack of follow-through with the management of Peng Shuai’s playing schedule.

“WTA requires all players to submit a medical report to the tournament organising committee specifying any medical reasons for a player’s withdrawal.”

He added the league “strongly encourages” Peng to attend additional rehab treatment in Shanghai.

“Her behaviour was disappointing, and has serious implications for the future well-being of female athletes in our sport,” he said.

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