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PENG PROMISES NOT TO GIVE UP DOUBLES AS SHE TARGETS RIO OLYMPICS

(Hong Kong, 11 September, 2014) – Her golden run at the US Open will not result in Peng Shuai giving up doubles with the Chinese star revealing that her aim is to take part in the doubles competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I will continue to play doubles. I had a good result at the US Open by reaching the semi-finals but it does not mean that I will give up doubles. I will just have to work harder and get fitter so I can play both singles and doubles,” said Peng.

Peng, 28, kept her promise to the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open when she turned up to meet her off-court commitments. She was advised to take a two-week rest by doctors after her breakdown in the US Open semi-finals against Caroline Wozniacki.

“The Olympics is coming up soon and I want to be there playing (doubles) with another Chinese player,” said Peng who was the centre of attraction at Victoria Park.

Peng’s arrival was greeted with pleasure by organisers. The Chinese star, who has risen to 21 in the world after her US Open heroics was expected to play at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open but pulled out after suffering heat stroke.

Peng whose next tournament will be at the Wuhan Open in a week’s time, described how she had felt heart-broken to exit the US Open in a wheelchair to a rapt Hong Kong media yesterday.

“My body was really tired and I had no energy. I was advised by the doctor not to continue but I told her ‘give me one more chance’,” Peng related yesterday. “I wanted to give it my best as this was my first Grand Slam singles semi-final.”

Together with Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese-Taipei, Peng has ruled the world of doubles in recent years. The pair won the doubles at the French Open as well as Wimbledon last year. They also won the season-ending WTA Finals doubles competition last year.

“I feel mentally stronger and I think that was the reason why I did well at the US Open. In the past I was afraid and nervous but now I feel I have more courage and stronger in my mind. “

“But I need to get fitter if I’m to continue to play both doubles and singles. And I will do this next year,” Peng added.