Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is “shocked” over the disappearance of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.
Peng went missing in China after accusing China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.
Osaka, a former world No. 1, hopes the Peng situation will end well.
“Hey everyone, not sure if you have been following the news but I was recently informed of a fellow tennis player that has gone missing shortly after revealing that she has been sexually abused. Censorship is never OK at any cost, I hope Peng Shuai and her family are safe and OK. I’m in shock of the current situation and I’m sending love and light her way,” Osaka said in a Twitter posted.
Osaka, the WTA reacted to the Peng news
On Sunday, the WTA called for a fair and transparent investigation into the claims made by Peng.
“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.
“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, Osaka kicked off her preparation for the 2022 season earlier this month.