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/ Sports/ TennisWTA Tour star Peng stays confident about her gameUpdated: 2013-01-15 18:35By Sun Xiaochen in Melbourne, Australia ( chinadaily.com.cn)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallHaving gone through ups and downs of professional tennis for 12 years, Peng Shuai, Chinas youngest star on the WTA Tour, remains fresh and positive about the game.”Yeah, its getting emotional to think that Ive played the game for more than a decade. But I have never considered myself a veteran. I still feel young and keep my mindset at around 20,” said Peng, who turned 27 last week.Peng Shuai of China hits a return during her first round of womens singles match against Rebecca Marino of Canada on the second day of 2013 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan 15, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]Drawing early attention after advancing to the Wimbledon third round in 2006, Peng joined Li Na and Zheng Jie at the forefront of the game in China.However, a change of rackets and multiple injuries (knee, finger and shoulder) slowed her down last year and punctured her not-too-tough on-court mentality.Still, the current world No 32 is ready to thrive on the circuit again.”I really found my passion for the game when I was 18. But everything just happened so quickly. It now seems like every time I look back, a couple of years have just passed. But I am more mature on court now,” Peng said after thrashing Rebecca Marino, 6-3, 6-0, in the first round of Australian Open.Despite being five years older than the Canadian, Peng showed more energy in her smooth 52-minute victory, in which she hit five more winners than Marino while watching her opponent make 23 unforced errors.The flying start has booked her a second-round clash against Russian world No 15 Maria Kirilenko, who leads their limited head-to-head clashes 2-1.”I played her last year at Wimbledon and lost in three sets. But its different from grass to hard court. So this time, I will try my best to beat her,” Peng said.After bowing out in the second round at Melbourne last year due to health reasons, Peng said she has learnt to take greater care of her body.”I have done solid winter training with enough fitness preparation,” she said. “I will also pick my tournaments smartly this year. Hopefully, I can regain the momentum of 2011.”Lis French Open victory was obviously the crowning moment for Chinese tennis in 2011, but Peng was the countrys most consistent performer.The Tianjin native reached the last 16 at each Grand Slam except the French Open while also making four WTA semis and one final during the year. She finished the season with a fine 53-21 record, the sixth best of 2011.sunxiaochen@chinadaily.com.cn8.03KRelated StoriesLi shines on way to win over PengPhotoBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsAttacks and threats affected sporting events in historyMedical issue keeps tall teen off teamYe Shiwen in Beijing running festival Scott ends Australias Masters jinxF1 models eye-catching at Shanghai Grand PrixTeen golfer shoots 73 on 1st day at MastersAiling Messi inspires Barca to comeback against PSG More Sports NewsChampion Kipsang plots London win for KenyaBoston tragedy warning to security, says BlatterRasheed Wallace announces retirementArmstrongs samples showed steroids in 1999 – UCIDjokovic battles through pain, Nadal cruisesLondon marathon will bring people togetherMore Top NewsChinese ambassador calls for anti-terror co-opJournalist killed in construction accidentMost Chinese cities see higher home pricesChinese boat on fire in Antarctic, 97 rescuedFaster Internet to reach more parts of ChinaNZ legalizes same-sex marriageMost ViewedTodays Top NewsScores dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastDPRK lists conditions for talks64,500 have over 100m yuanFamily infected by H7N9 testedBear bile industry gets bittenXi expresses concern for Chinese victims in Boston blastsBritain stages funeral for ThatcherEditors PicksApple on sale for $980Pole dancing breaks out on subway in C China Many dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastQueen of the elderly Baby joy for star figure skating pairBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsHot TopicsCPC National Congress,Mo Yan, Bogu Kailai, Diaoyu Islands, iPhone, Yao Ming, Sun Yang, Li Na, Liu Xiang, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, rare earth, food safetySpecial CoverageFootball penalties too softChinese players shine at Australian Open Sports icons who lead a changeEuro 2012 football championshipVideoSlidePodcastPicturesFollow the AmbassadorsParis seeks to regain lusterKazakhstan Fashion Week kicks offCountdown to Venezuela vote
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