Serena Williams ‘devastated’ as she worries for Peng Shuai
Serena Williams has expressed her concern about her contemporary Peng Shuai as the Chinese star’s whereabouts are still unclear.
The two-time double Slam champion has been publicly missing now for over two weeks.
She has not been sighted since 2nd November, the day she made sexual assault allegations against former vice premier Zhang Gaoli.
Peng Shuai made the accusations on Chinese social media platform Weibo in a post that was deleted by censors within 30 minutes of upload.
Dozens of figures within tennis, including current and former players, have leant their voice to calls for information on Shuai’s location and wellbeing.
They have used the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai when sharing on social media.
Now, 23-time Slam champion Serena Williams has joined them from her Twitter account.
“I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai,” Williams began.
“I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not stay silent.
“Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time. #WhereIsPengShuai.”
I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai. I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigated and we must not stay silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time. #whereispengshuai pic.twitter.com/GZG3zLTSC6
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) November 18, 2021
Concerns for Shuai were only heightened when a dubious letter, reported to be from Shuai, was released.
The letter stated that Shuai was not in any physical danger and claimed the accusations were false and released without her consent.
“I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said of the letter.
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