08 Jan 1986
Peng Shuai lost her first six WTA singles finals at 2006 Strasbourg, 2008 Forest Hills, 2008 Guangzhou, 2011 Brussels, 2013 Brussels, 2014 Shenzhen. She won a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games, defeating Akgul Amanmuradova in the final. In 2011 Peng started year No.72, cracked Top 20 on June 6 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.25 to No.20) and set career-high No.14 on August 22 when she became the second-highest-ranked Chinese player ever after Li who went as high as No.2.
At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Peng won her first Grand Slam doubles title with Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan; together they won the 2014 French Open. On February 17, 2014, she achieved WTA world No.1 doubles ranking becoming the first Chinese player to reach this ranking milestone. That year, Peng reached her best result in a Grand Slam singles main draw: at Us Open she became the third Chinese player to achieve a major semifinal after Li Na and Zheng Jie.
Having last played at 2015 Roland Garros (ret. in 1r match vs. Hercog), returned to tour at 2016 Indian Wells. In 2016, Peng won her first WTA singles title at Tianjin (d. Riske in F) ending the season at No.109.
In 2017 she reached the third Grand Slam doubles final in Melbourne (w/Hlavackova, l. Mattek‐Sands/Safarova). Then she finished R‐Up at WTA 125k Series tournament at Zhengzhou (ret. vs. Wang in F w/right leg injury) and captured her second career title in July at Nanchang, dropping just one set en route to the title. Later that year, Peng triumphed in a three‐hour and 34‐minute epic over No.11 seed Kvitova in the 1r at Wuhan, the second‐longest match on tour in 2017 after Kuznetsova’s three‐hour and 36‐minute victory over Jankovic at Australian Open.