Peng Shuai’s lawyer accuses doping watchdog of ‘intentionally manipulating’ email

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The Federation Cup has denied that the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai sent an email about doping to Flanders Sport Services, and her lawyers claim it was ‘intentionally manipulated’

The tennis player Peng Shuai is being investigated by sport’s doping watchdog over an alleged email about doping.

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Peng’s lawyer, Gao Pengfeng, says that the matter is under investigation and the allegations could lead to a life ban for his client.

Peng Shuai plays with Alize Cornet. Photograph: Catherine Ivill – WPA Pool/Getty Images

“She did not send the email mentioned by Flanders Sport Services,” Gao said. “That is clear.

“The contents of the email were intentionally manipulated.”

The Federation Cup, which organises the annual US Open women’s Davis Cup tie between the US and China, has refuted the allegations.

It said in a statement: “Certain unsubstantiated statements published online today in connection with the doping case of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai appear to be untrue and have no basis in fact.

“The Federation Cup has taken appropriate action in accordance with its rulebook to investigate the matter.”

Peng’s Twitter account also appeared to have been deleted.

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