Novak Djokovic: Shocking that Shuai Peng went missing in China

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said it’s “shocking” that Peng Shuai is missing..

Doubles specialist Peng went missing in China after accusing China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. 

“It’s shocking…that she’s missing, more so that it’s someone that I have seen on the tour in the previous years quite a few times. …Hope she’ll be found, that she’s OK. It’s terrible…I can imagine just how her family feels, that she’s missing,” Djokovic said of Peng, as quoted on Tennis Majors.

Djokovic, WTA hope the situation end well 

“The recent events in China concerning a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are of deep concern. As an organization dedicated to women, we remain committed to the principles we were founded on – equality, opportunity and respect,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement released on Sunday. 

“Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness. In all societies, the behavior she alleges that took place needs to be investigated, not condoned or ignored. We commend Peng Shuai for her remarkable courage and strength in coming forward. Women around the world are finding their voices so injustices can be corrected. 

“We expect this issue to be handled properly, meaning the allegations must be investigated fully, fairly, transparently and without censorship.  

“Our absolute and unwavering priority is the health and safety of our players. We are speaking out so justice can be done.”

Meanwhile, Djokovic made a winning start to his ATP Finals campaign. 

On Monday, Djokovic saw off Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-6 (4) 6-2 at the ATP Finals. 

Djokovic is aiming to lift his sixth ATP Finals title. 

Djokovic won four consecutive ATP titles between 2012 and 2015. 

Djokovic has had an outstanding season and he is the top favorite to win the ATP Finals.

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