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WTA: Tennis Association Concerned About Missing Player Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai has been missing for about two weeks. Now she is said to have reported in an email - the association of professional tennis players doubts its authenticity.

The association of professional tennis players (WTA) is increasingly concerned after the disappearance of the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. WTA boss Steve Simon announced that an alleged email from the player to him had raised considerable doubts. On Thursday night, China's state foreign broadcaster CGTN posted a message on Twitter that Peng allegedly wrote that the reports about her, "including allegations of sexual assault," were "not true." She is fine.

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Peng made allegations of abuse against former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli earlier this month. In a post on the social network Weibo, the tennis player reported having had an intermittent relationship with Zhang for a period of ten years. She said that Zhang forced her to have sex three years ago. The entry was deleted shortly after publication. Peng has not been seen in public since then.

"I find it hard to believe that Peng Shuai actually wrote this email that we received," wrote WTA boss Simon. The letter under her name reads: "I will not be missed." She is also safe. "I just recovered a little at home."

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Simon also announced that the WTA needed "independent and verifiable proof" that the player was safe. The publication by Chinese state media heightened his concerns about their safety and whereabouts. "Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source." He himself tried repeatedly in various ways in vain to reach the tennis star.

The Chinese authorities did not comment on Peng's whereabouts when asked. On Twitter, a search was started under the keyword "#WhereIsPengShuai" ("Where's Peng Shuai?"), In which the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka took part. Searching for Peng's name or #MeToo is blocked on the Chinese Internet.

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