Peng Shuai first started playing at age eight when her uncle taught her the basics of the game. A quiet girl, she likes to read, shop and play soccer on her off days from tennis. Bertrand Perret coaches this 32-year old player, and she turned pro in 2001.

Born on January 8, 1986, Shuai is noted for her stamina and she plays with both hands on either side. She is noted to have defeated several top 5 and top 10 players over the course of her career. She is also known for benig the first Chinese professional tennis player to reach World No. 1, which she achieved in doubles on February 2014.

Born 8 Jan 1986
Nationality China China
Nickname Peng

At 15, she won her first ITF title at Bautau earning her $10,000 in prize money. In July 2001, she claimed her second ITF singles title that year with another $10,000 tournament win. She also participated in her first WTA Tour competition but lost in the first round.

By the next year, Peng Shuai triumphed again in Bombay with another ITF win. She entered her first $25,000 ITF draw placing runner-up to Eva Birnerova in New Delhi. She participated in her first $50,000 ITF match but was eliminated in the second round.

In 2003, she opened with a win at Jackson and won her first $50,000 event at Changsha ending the year ranked World No. 326. She was on the other end of the court in an exciting match over Nicole Vaidisova in Columbus, Ohio. She claimed her first $75,000-win at Dothan, the sixth ITF win in her young career.

She continued 2004 entering the Wimbledon and the US Open. She again tried her luck at the WTA Tour gaining success at Cincinnati, reaching the quarterfinals. Peng Shuai showed great skill in Guangzhou defeating French star Marion Bartoli but she eventually lost her quarterfinal match to fellow Chinese Li Ting.

She opened 2005 upsetting Nadia Petrova in the quarterfinal. She managed to get to the second round the Australian Open before being ousted by Venus Williams in the second round. By the end of 2005, she was among the top five female Asian players in Asia ranking a career-high of World No. 31.

In the following year, she was the runner-up in Strasbourg and reached the semifinals at Beijing and Prague. It was another season in the Top 50 as she reached the semifinals in Beijing and Pattaya City in 2007. She maintained her Top 50 rankings in 2008 by being a runner-up at Guangzhou and Forest Hills.

She reached the semifinal at Guangzhou and quarterfinals at Pattaya, Strasbourg, and Beijing to finish 2009 with another top 50 season. While she suffered from an ankle injury and right elbow injury in 2010, she still finished in the top 100. In 2011, Shuai had her first top 20 season and ended the year at world rank number 17.

She struggled with injuries throughout the 2012 season but was still able to finish in the top 50. The following year proved to be a successful season as she made it into the top 10 of the doubles division and the top 50 of the singles division.

In 2014, Shuai recorded her second-best season with a season finish of number 22 after being the runner-up in Shenzhen and reaching the semifinals in the US Open and Tianjin. She was sidelined with injuries in the following season. In 2016, she won her first WTA singles title in Tianjin and nearly had a Top 100 season.

She enjoyed one of the best seasons of her career in 2017. In Nanchang, Shuai won her second WTA singles title. She was the runner-up in Taipei City, reached the semifinals in Tianjin and Strasbourg, and reached the quarterfinal in New Haven. She finished the season with 38 wins.

Since turning pro, Shuai has a career record of 478 victories and 312 losses. She has won 2 WTA, 2 WTA 125K, and 9 ITF career titles in singles. The highest rank she achieved in the singles division was at No. 14 in August 22, 2011. She is currently ranked No. 118 as of February 4, 2019.

In doubles, she has a career record of 327 victories and 193 losses. Shuai Peng has 23 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, and 3 ITF titles in doubles. The highest rank she achieved in the doubles division was at No. 1 in February 17, 2014. She is currently ranked No. 98 as of February 4, 2019.

Player Statistics:• 478–312 (60.5%) career record – singles• 2 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 2 Women’s Tennis Association 125K career titles - singles• 9 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 327–193 (62.9%) career record - doubles• 23 Women’s Tennis Association career titles – doubles• 1 Women’s Tennis Association 125K career titles - doubles• 3 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles

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