The WTA demands an investigation into the attack on Peng

The President and CEO of the WTA, Steve Simon, assured this Sunday that women should be heard and announced the solidarity of the institution with the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

“Peng Shuai and all women deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader of sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness,” Simon noted in a WTA statement.

Shuai reported on her Weibo account that she had been forced to have a sexual encounter with Zhang Gaoli, a former Chinese vice minister, who was one of the most influential men in the country in the past decade.

The media have shown concern about the whereabouts of the athlete, of whom no news has been heard, to which the WTA reacted, which has asked for an investigation to be opened.

“We hope that this problem is properly handled, which means that the investigations are carried out in a complete, fair, transparent and uncensored manner,” added the leader of the professional women’s tennis circuit.

The institution noted that recent events in China involving a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are cause for deep concern and made clear that, as an organization dedicated to women, it is committed to the principles on which it was founded: equality, opportunity and respect.

Steve Simon congratulated the Chinese tennis player, 191st in the world rankings, for her courage and strength in taking the step of denouncing sexual assault.

“Women around the world are finding their voices so that injustices can be corrected.”

In addition to the WTA, which made the health and safety of its players a priority, the Peng Huai case has sparked solidarity in other tennis media.

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The winner of 18 Grand Slam tournaments, Chris Evert, said to know the Asian from the age of 14 and described her possible disappearance as worrying.

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