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Tennis star Peng Shuai photographed “signing balls at junior event in Beijing” as Chinese ace feared missing


TENNIS star Peng Shuai was pictured at a junior tennis event in Beijing after she was recently reported missing amid allegations of sexual assault.

The 35-year-old woman recently disappeared after filing a sexual assault complaint against former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

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Peng Shuai was pictured signing giant tennis balls for children attending junior event in BeijingCredit: Reuters
Tennis star Peng Shuai photographed “signing balls at junior event in Beijing” as Chinese ace feared missing

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The tennis star could be seen smiling as she interacted with the youngstersCredit: Reuters
Tennis star Peng Shuai photographed “signing balls at junior event in Beijing” as Chinese ace feared missing

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The images mark Shuai’s first public appearance since his disappearance on November 3Credit: Reuters

But she has since been pictured signing tennis balls during the opening ceremony for the Junior Tennis Challenger final in Beijing.

The former double world number. 1 had not been seen since November 3 after posting an article detailing the allegations on social media.

And a prominent Chinese state media figure was quick to assert that Peng Shuai “would appear soon,” following public outcry over his disappearance.

Chinese state media then recently shared an email purportedly from Shuai claiming that “everything is fine” and that she is not “missing” or “in danger”.

But many players, experts and journalists have questioned its authenticity, as well as the legitimacy of the images recently posted on its social media account.

Peng is said to have shared new photos on social media over the past few days, surrounded by cuddly toys and wishing fans a “happy weekend.”

The editor-in-chief of the ruling Communist Party of China, the Global Times, Hu Xijin – affirmed that the last pictures are real.

They wrote, “I confirmed today from my own sources that these photos correspond well to the current state of Peng Shuai.

“For the past few days, she has been staying at home freely and she doesn’t want to be disturbed.

“She will be showing up in public and participating in some activities soon.”

The former Wimbledon doubles champion was then reportedly filmed having dinner with friends in footage posted to Twitter by Hu Xijin.

In the clip, Peng can be seen sitting with a man and two women but she is not speaking.

Meanwhile, during the conversation, there are repeated mentions of the date, with the man asking “Tomorrow is November 20, isn’t it?” while a woman replies “No, it’s November 21st.”

He adds: “We have played two matches in the past. But we were not happy with the results.

I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegation is censored and swept under the rug

WTA CEO Steve Simon

“Tomorrow’s game is the conclusion of nine games in the past three months.

“The end of November is the end of the year. We have to do our best.”

WTA President and CEO Steve Simon said the video was “insufficient” proof of Peng’s safety.

Simon said: “While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear whether she is free and able to make decisions and act on her own, without coercion or outside interference,” he said. he declares.

“This video alone is insufficient … I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegation is being censored and swept under the rug.”

Tennis superstars such as Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have also all expressed concern for the safety and well-being of Peng Shuai.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden remains “deeply concerned” about Peng’s situation and wants China “to provide independent and verifiable evidence.”

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