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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Peng replaces Li in Chinese team

The China Tennis Association announced that Peng Shuai has replaced compatriot Li Na in the Chinese team to face Germany in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie in Frankfurt. China is looking to maintain its place in the World Group for a fourth successive year, while Germany bids to return to the top division after a year’s absence.

Twenty-three-year-old Peng, currently ranked No. 35, returns to the team after missing China’s 5-0 first round defeat by Russia in Moscow. She has played eight previous Fed Cup ties, boasting a 7-3 win-loss singles record.

Peng joins world No. 16 Zheng Jie, Sun Tian-Tian and Lu Jing-Jing in the Chinese team against a strong German squad led by the in-form Sabine Lisicki, winner of last week’s WTA event in Charleston. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Kristina Barrois and Tatjana Malek complete the German line-up.

Although Germany leads the overall head-to-head record 2-1, China won their last meeting 4-1 in the 2006 World Group Play-offs in Beijing.

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