China Open, Peng Shuai present in the tournament stands

International concern for the Chinese tennis player

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose position has been a matter of international concern for weeks, participated in a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, according to official photos published by the China Open tournament. Peng appeared among the guests of the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, dressed in a dark blue jacket and white pants, according to images posted on the official WeChat page of the event. The former world number one of doubles hadn’t been seen or heard publicly since she unveiled on Chinese social media on November 2 that former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had forced her to have sex and they later had an affair. .

Neither Zhang nor the Chinese government commented on his allegation. Peng’s social media post was quickly deleted and the topic was blocked from the heavily censored internet discussion in China. World tennis bodies have expressed concern, with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) threatening to withdraw tournaments from China. The United States and Britain have demanded proof of Peng’s position and safety.