WTA ‘remains concerned' about Chinese ‘me-too' tennis star Peng Shuai

beijing, china, tennis

Peng Shuai disappeared from public view for three weeks after accusing former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File

The head of the Women’s Tennis Association said he “remains deeply concerned” about Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai after she accused a top official of sexual assault.

Steve Simon said he would not continue to email with the 35-year-old tennis star because he is not convinced her earlier notes were not “influenced by others,” AFP reported.

One of China’s top tennis stars and currently ranked 192nd in the world, Peng disappeared from public view for three weeks after posting the accusations against the former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, 75, in a 1,600-word testimony on the Chinese social media platform Weibo earlier this month.

The WTA wants proof she is safe.

Her cause has also been championed by top tennis stars Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic, along with the sport’s legend Martina Navratilova.

Peng told International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach she was safe and well in a video call last Sunday. But Saturday, a WTA spokesman said Simon “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.”

beijing, china, tennis

Zhang Gaoli was accused by Peng of sexual assault.

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

“The WTA remains concerned about her ability to communicate freely, openly, and directly.”

Simon has threatened to pull the WTA’s business out of China.

There are 10 WTA events scheduled to take place in the country in 2022, including the Wuhan Open — the first major tournament in the city since the pandemic started there — and WTA finals in Shenzhen, the BBC reported.

beijing, china, tennis

Steve Simon is not convinced Peng’s earlier notes were not “influenced by others.”

AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File

China has reacted angrily to the attention to her accusations and the skeptical response to the call with the IOC.

News Related


Robinson starts: The predicted West Brom XI to face Millwall on Saturday

Things have turned a little toxic for Valerien Ismael at West Bromwich Albion, with boos ringing around The Hawthorns 50 minutes into their defeat to Preston North End in midweek.  ... Read more »

Talks opened: Conte could form frightening Spurs unit by signing £40.5m-rated "beast" - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast newcastle-diego-carlos-sevilla-howe-graves Tottenham Hotspur’s attentions have seemingly turned to Diego Carlos in a bid to bolster Antonio Conte’s backline. Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported ... Read more »

Man jailed for stalking former Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis

A man who bombarded former Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis with social media messages, letters and gifts has been jailed for stalking. Alex Boston, 43, was sentenced to 28 weeks in ... Read more »

Amina-Faye Johnson: Parents jailed over death of baby with more than 60 broken bones after ‘despicable' abuse

A couple have been jailed over the death of their eight-week-old baby, who suffered more than 60 broken bones and “a catalogue of despicable abuse”. Naomi Johnson and Benjamin O’Shea ... Read more »

Half of federal student-loan borrowers are 'at-risk' of falling behind when payments resume in May, government watchdog finds

© Provided by Business Insider College graduates. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images The Government Accountability Office investigated plans to resume student-loan payments on May 1. It found that 50% of ... Read more »

Group of NHS medics launch legal bid against compulsory Covid jabs

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images An intensive care doctor who challenged the health secretary, Sajid Javid, over compulsory Covid vaccines for NHS staff has launched a ... Read more »

‘I want to try more things to live' — Lynsey Bennett confirms her bowel tumour has grown

CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett has confirmed her bowel tumour has grown again in ‘a matter of weeks’. The mother of two marked five years since she was diagnosed with cervical ... Read more »

Joe Exotic : ‘Tiger King' resentenced to 21 years in prison in murder-for-hire case

© Independent Breaking News Tiger King star Joe Exotic has been resentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in plotting to murder Carole Baskin. The zoo owner and ... Read more »

India-Central Asian Region to form joint working group on Chabahar Port

India and the Central Asian Region have put Iran’s Chabahar Port as the centrepiece of connectivity between South Asia‘s biggest market and the landlocked and resource rich region while cautioning ... Read more »

30 persons tagged in BDO hacking

© The STAR / file 30 persons tagged in BDO hacking MANILA, Philippines — At least 30 more people have been linked to the hacking of bank accounts of around ... Read more »

Brad Pitt, Lykke Li are just 'artsy friends', not dating, claim sources

© Provided by WION Contrary to the grapevine, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and Swedish singer Lykke Li are not dating.  As per media reports, the two are not ‘secretly dating’. ... Read more »

Like candies? You'll adore Mira Rajput's cute lavender mini dress look

© Provided by Pinkvilla Mira Rajput is a slayer and she always makes heads turn with her fashion game. The star wife is quite active on social media and never ... Read more »

Watch This Guy Get Crushed By a Pro Female Bodybuilder's Workout

Fitness YouTuber Will Tennyson is willing to try any bodybuilding workout. He previously attempted an old-school bodybuilding workout, Lee Haney’s Mr. Olympia workout, and Ironman athlete Nick Bare’s workout. Now, ... Read more »

Kyle Rittenhouse's rifle will be destroyed at Wisconsin crime lab

Kenosha Police Department Detective Martin Howard shows the weapon used by Kyle Rittenhouse in court in Nov. 2021. The Kenosha News Pool Photo via AP The AR-15-style rifle that Kyle ... Read more »

Texas college student loses parts of her face in vicious attack by two dogs

Jacqueline Durand, who was working as a dog walker, was attacked without provocation as soon as she entered the dogs’ home, her lawsuit claims. A Texas college student was left ... Read more »

The Queen and Canada: A love story that's still going strong after all these years

This piece originally appeared in Issue 803/804 of HELLO! Canada For most Canadians, the Queen is the only monarch we’ve ever known. We’ve looked up to her with admiration and ... Read more »

Fast And Furious 10 May Tap This DCEU Star To Play The Franchise's Next Villain

Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock The as-yet-untitled 10th installment of the “Fast & Furious” feature film franchise is currently scheduled to hit theaters in May of next year. Series star Vin Diesel’s quest to ... Read more »

Cosas marches to JSE to demand listed companies allocate R1bn to help pupils

© The JSE Group Facebook page The Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Image: The JSE Group Facebook page SANDTON – A large group of school pupils, under the leadership of student movement ... Read more »

Biden's Failure To Acknowledge Tesla Is Wearing On Elon Musk

© InsideEVs biden with barra President Biden once again showered GM’s Mary Barra with praise while pretending Tesla doesn’t exist. As you are likely aware, President Joe Biden has pledged ... Read more »

Liverpool exodus on the cards as four talents tipped to leave Anfield before deadline day

A Liverpool exodus is on the cards as four players have been tipped to leave Anfield before next week’s Deadline Day. The Reds are set for a knock on effect ... Read more »

Magka-asawa o magka-Ozawa: Ano ang pipiliin ni Chef Jose Sarasola?

maria ozawa Sa programang “Mars Pa More,” tinanong ang Kapuso chef na si Jose Sarasola na kung may wish siya na gustong matupad, ano ang pipiliin niya: Ang magka-asawa o ... Read more »

Isle of Man gives £1.4m to aid Syrian refugees

© BBC The government allocates £2.5m annually to overseas aid The Isle of Man has donated more than £1.4m in international aid to help Syrian refugee children. Unicef UK is ... Read more »

Rafael Nadal closing on Serena Williams' insane Grand Slam final record

Rafael Nadal has the chance to win his 21st Grand Slam title, more than 16 years after winning his first at the French Open in 2005. Nadal produced some thrilling ... Read more »

Carragher's birthday wish and Bairstow in Scarborough – Friday's sporting social

© PA Archive Jamie Carragher made a birthday request (Peter Byrne/PA) – PA Archive Sports stars and clubs across the world continue to provide an insight into their lives on ... Read more »

PSG ‘in contact' with Man Utd forward ahead of summer move

© PA Images Marcus-Rashford-F365 Paris Saint-Germain are in contact with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford as they look ahead to a possible summer move, according to reports. The forward has ... Read more »

Valentino Rossi Takes Us On A Tour Of VR46 Headquarters

© RideApart.com VR46 Headquarters Tour A haven for two-wheeled toys. In 2022, Valentino Rossi won’t line up on a Grand Prix grid for the first time in 26 years. While ... Read more »

FIFA 22 TOTY 12th man and Honourable Mentions FUT items confirmed

EA Sports has revealed 15 FIFA 22 TOTY Honourable Mentions FUT items, also confirming the TOTY 12th man, with all items in packs now. Following the release of the FIFA ... Read more »

Tottenham may have missed out on their own Mohamed Salah after Daniel Levy's £49m transfer error

Tottenham look set to miss out on Luis Diaz with the Porto winger likely to join Premier League rivals Liverpool instead. Diaz, 25, seemed destined to move to north London ... Read more »

Widow of slain NYPD officer recalls youthful love and the anguish of his death, calls out new DA's policies

The widow of slain New York Police Department Officer Jason Rivera tearfully recalled her childhood love at his funeral Friday, and said she has been living in a “nightmare” since ... Read more »

Pittsburgh bridge collapses hours before Biden's infrastructure speech in city

It would be hard to imagine a more dramatic way to illustrate the need for investment in US infrastructure that Joe Biden was set to talk about in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ... Read more »

‘Tiger King' Joe Exotic resentenced to 21 years in prison

Read more »

Netflix must face 'Queen's Gambit' lawsuit, US judge rules

A Georgian former chess world champion’s $5-million lawsuit against Netflix will go ahead after she claimed she was defamed in an episode of “The Queen’s Gambit,” a Los Angeles judge ... Read more »

AT&T Mexico says govt should limit America Movil's market concentration - paper

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – AT&T’s top executive in Mexico has urged the government to place limits on its telecom rival America Movil and keep it out of new markets to ... Read more »

Robinhood turns higher after hitting all-time lows one year after the GameStop frenzy

© Brendan McDermid/Reuters Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev at Nasdaq for the company’s stock trading debut. Brendan McDermid/Reuters Robinhood shares bounced higher after sinking on Friday following the release of Q4 ... Read more »

Lisa Smith 'threw her life away to go and join a violent, extremist ideology', court hears

© PA Lisa Smith arriving at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. LISA SMITH, A former Irish soldier who denies membership of Islamic State, “threw her life away to go ... Read more »

How to get your Android phone ready to sell

© Provided by Pocket-lint how to get your android phone ready to sell photo 2 (Pocket-lint) – You’ve just bought the latest Android super powered flagship, so there are two ... Read more »

Omicron subvariant has apparent transmission advantage: UKHSA

© Provided by Al Jazeera People queue for their booster dose outside a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination centre in London [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters] The BA.2 subtype of the Omicron coronavirus ... Read more »

Poland says Russia-Ukraine tensions not seen in decades

WARSAW, Poland — Russian troop movements near Ukraine’s border that have ratcheted up fears of a potential invasion have complicated the international political scene to a degree not seen in ... Read more »

Biden administration to deny $130 mln in military aid to Egypt - sources

© (photo credit: JPOST STAFF) Breaking news The Biden administration is set to deny $130 million of military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns, three sources familiar with the ... Read more »

FTSE drops back as sentiment weakens across Europe

© Victoria Jones London stocks dropped on Friday to finish lower for the week (Victoria Jones/PA) The FTSE 100 slid back on Friday as traders across Europe followed up on ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic