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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has not been seen in public since posting an allegation about former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on Chinese social media site Weibo on November 2.

The former number one-ranked doubles player alleged she was “forced” into sexual relations with Zhang Gaoli – who served as China’s vice-premier between 2013 and 2018.

The post was taken down minutes later, along with other recent posts from the account, which has more than 500,000 followers.

More and more leading voices from the world of tennis have spoken out about Peng Shuai since.

The US says it is “deeply concerned” about Peng Shuai with the White House urging China to “provide independent, verifiable proof” of the tennis player’s whereabouts and safety.

The 35-year-old doubles Grand Slam winner accused China’s ex-vice-premier of sexual assault two weeks ago.

The Women’s Tennis Association has threatened to pull events out of China.

The WTA has been told Peng Shuai is safe, and in Beijing, by the Chinese Tennis Association.

In a separate development on November 19, three photos of Peng Shuai were posted on a WeChat account under her name with the caption “Happy Weekend”.

Earlier this week, Chinese state media released an email attributed to Peng Shuai.

More and more leading voices from the world of tennis have spoken out about the Chinese player since.

Peng Shuai is a prominent figure in Chinese tennis. She has won two women’s doubles Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2013 and the 2014 French Open, both alongside Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.


Chinese tennis player Li Na has announced her retirement at the age of 32, citing injury problems.

Li Na, who has taken both the French and Australian Open titles, made the widely expected announcement in a statement on social media.

After four knee surgeries, “my body is begging me to stop the pounding”, Li Na wrote.

The Chinese Tennis Association thanked her for the “shining moments” Li Na had given to the sport.

Li Na is one of China’s most high-profile athletes and a national hero.

She is well-known for her outspoken independence, her humor and her reluctance to embrace the state-run training system.

Li Na won the Australian Open in January to add to her 2011 French Open title, but the world number six has not played since losing in the third round at Wimbledon in June.

In a letter posted on Facebook, Li Na said that making the decision to retire had taken “several agonizing months”.

Li Na has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems

Li Na has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems

“Representing China on the tennis court was an extraordinary privilege and a true honor,” she wrote.

“Having the unique opportunity to effectively bring more attention to the sport of tennis in China and all over Asia is something I will cherish forever.

“But in sport, just like in life, all great things must come to an end.”

On China’s microblog service Weibo, tens of thousands of Chinese fans inundated Li Na’s page with positive comments.

Many thanked her for representing the country and wished her well, often using an affectionate term for Li. “Good luck Sister Na!” and “Go Sister Na!” were among the more common comments.

“You once said that all you wanted to do is just play tennis, but in reality because of you, so many people have begun to understand what tennis is really about… I sincerely wish you the best. Thank you for guiding and encouraging us,” said one user.

“She never boasts of her patriotism, because all along she has been quietly doing things for this country that are greater than what you and I have ever done… she has refused to flatter others, but now she has expressed her deepest thoughts. I am deeply moved by her discipline and honesty,” said another user.

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