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Peng Shuai: Naomi Osaka, Tennis Stars Raise Awareness About Missing WTA Veteran

August 26, 2019;  Flushing, NY, USA;  Shuai Peng of China returns a shot against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States in a first round match on the first day of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Editor’s note: This story contains alleged accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or in

The President and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, called for a Investigation “complete, fair and transparent” by the Chinese government on Sunday after retired tennis star Peng Shuai accused a former high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party of sexual assault.

This is the first public accusation of its kind against a senior Communist Party official, and since Shuai’s Nov. 2 post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, the WTA veteran has apparently not been directly heard from.

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