WTA still 'deeply concerned' over tennis star Peng Shuai

WTA still 'deeply concerned' over tennis star Peng Shuai

2021-11-27 08:40:00 PM

WTA still 'deeply concerned' over tennis star Peng Shuai

The head of the Women's Tennis Association 'remains deeply concerned' about Chinese star Peng Shuai following her accusations of sexual assault.

Peng Shuai is a Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion.AFP/Adrian DennisPARIS - The head of the Women's Tennis Association"remains deeply concerned" about Chinese star Peng Shuai, following her accusations of sexual assault against a powerful politician, a spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.

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WTA chairman Steve Simon"has reached out to Peng Shuai via various communication channels. He has sent her two emails, to which it was clear her responses were influenced by others," she said."He remains deeply concerned that Peng is not free from censorship or coercion and decided not to re-engage via email until he was satisfied her responses were her own, and not those of her censors."

READ:China says Peng Shuai case is 'maliciously' hyped up"The WTA remains concerned about her ability to communicate freely, openly, and directly."Peng, a 35-year-old Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, was not seen for more than two weeks following her allegations that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, now in his 70s, forced her into sex during a years-long on-off relationship. headtopics.com

Peng's claims against Zhang were the first time China's #MeToo movement has touched the highest echelons of the ruling Communist Party.On Sunday, official photos of a Beijing tennis tournament showed Peng among attendees, and she participated the same day in a video call with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

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READ:Peng Shuai to Xinjiang - the issues dogging the Beijing OlympicsBeijing will host the Winter Olympics in February.The European Union, the United Nations, the United States and Britain have all called for proof of Peng's whereabouts and well-being.

China's foreign ministry has said that"people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping up" the controversy around Peng.Last week, a Chinese state-run media outlet published what it said was a screenshot of an email by Peng which stated that the accusations made by tennis star were"not true" and that"everything is fine" with her.

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