French tennis player Alize Cornet says she is still worried about former doubles world No. 1 Shuai Peng.
“I’m still a little bit worried about her. I have to say that this situation makes me feel still uncomfortable, and I don’t know how she’s doing. I don’t know where is the truth and where is the lies,” Cornet said of Peng, per Tennis Majors.
Two weeks ago, Peng insisted she never made sexual assault allegations against a former Chinese vice premier.
“I wanted it to be very clear to everyone, I have never reported or written anything about someone who assaulted me. I’m talking now and I never want to do it again. These are things from my private life, there have been misunderstandings and there should be no distorted interpretation of reality,” Peng said.
Peng claimed she was just at home resting
Peng went missing in China after making a post on social media in which she appeared to accuse a former Chinese vice premier of sexual assault.
“The Chinese version was written by me, the English one from a translator but he said the same things. People threatening me with that? Absolutely not, I was just at home to rest, thank you again for being concerned about me,” Peng insisted.
After failing to get a verifiable proof that Peng was fine, the WTA suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China in 2022.
“As a result, and with the full support of the WTA Board of Directors, I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong. In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault. Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in December.