Peng Shuai situation explained: A timeline of the tennis star's sexual assault allegations, disappearance

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s security has actually entered into concern after the previous Wimbledon and French Open doubles champ implicated a previous Chinese Communist celebration leader of sexual attack. The previous world No. 1 declared retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually attacked her 3 years back in an online post to the Chinese social-media website Weibo on Nov. 2.

The post was rapidly erased and, considering that publishing it, Peng has actually not been seen. 

The tennis world has actually concerned Peng’s defense considering that her disappearance, with Novak Djokovic calling her disappearance “shocking” and Chris Evert explaining the whole scenario as “disturbing.” Billie Jean King composed that she hopes Peng is discovered safe and Alize Cornet included “Let’s not remain silent” with the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai. 

The most popular ladies’s tennis gamer in the world, Naomi Osaka, tweeted that she is “in shock of the current situation” and is “sending love and light her way.”

Here’s a sequential take a look at how the whole scenario with Peng has actually unfolded, starting on:  

Nov. 2: Peng Shuai makes sexual attack claims versus Zhang

In a 1,600-word post to Weibo, Peng implicated the 75-year-old Zhang — a previous leader within China’s Communist celebration — of pressing her into sex around 3 years back. Peng, 35, declared the attack took place after Zhang welcomed her to play tennis with him and his partner at their home, however she confessed she had no proof. 

“I was so scared that afternoon,” composed Peng, who declared a guard stood watch outside the door while the attack took place. “I never gave consent, crying the entire time.”

Peng stated she and Zhang ended up being familiarized with each other while the latter was working as Tianjin’s celebration manager from 2007-2012, and Zhang required her into sex after leaving his post as China’s vice premier in 2017. 

“I know that for someone of your stature, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, you have said that you are not afraid,” Peng composed. “But even if it is like throwing an egg against rock, or if I am like a moth drawn to the flame, inviting self-destruction, I will tell the truth about you.”

The post was erased within thirty minutes, and Chinese censors obstructed search terms such as Peng’s name.

Nov. 14: WTA president requires examination into scenario

Steve Simon, WTA’s president, asked for a “full, fair and transparent” examination into Peng’s claims in a declaration. At that point, nobody had actually seen or spoken with Peng for 12 days, triggering the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai to spread out throughout social networks. 

“Obviously she displayed tremendous courage going public,” Simon informed the New York Times. “Now we want to make sure we’re moving forward to a place where a full and transparent investigation is conducted. Anything else, I think, is an affront to not only our players but to all women.”

Simon threatened to pull the WTA’s service from China if the nation stopped working to effectively examine Peng’s claims. China presently hosts 11 WTA competitions and the trip finals in Shenzhen. 

While Simon could not straight verify Peng’s location or condition, he informed the Times that a number of sources — consisting of the Chinese Tennis Association — informed him that she’s “safe and not under any physical threat.” Simon’s “understanding” was that she remained in Beijing. 

Nov. 15: China remains quiet on Peng Shuai’s claims, disappearance

Chinese foreign ministry representative Zhao Lijan stated “this is not a diplomatic question” when inquired about Peng’s claims, including he had “not heard of the issue.” The nation, 13 days after Peng’s post, still had yet to acknowledge it. 

Nov. 17:  WTA concerns authenticity of Peng Shuai declaration

An e-mail supposedly sent out from Peng on Wednesday declared the WTA did not get her permission or confirmation prior to launching its declaration. It was Peng’s initially public remarks considering that her claims, however some, consisting of the WTA, had concerns relating to the authenticity of the declaration. 

“The news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true,” the e-mail, which was tweeted out by China state-affiliated media China Global Television Network, check out. “I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine.” 

Simon then freely concern whether Peng was pushed into composing it. 

“The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts,” Simon composed. “Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source.”

Peng has still yet to be seen considering that her post on Nov. 2. 

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