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The electronic mail had been allegedly despatched from Peng Shuai to WTA head Steve Simon

The pinnacle of the Women folks’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) says he stays focused on Chinese language tennis huge title Peng Shuai after she accused a major reputable of sexual assault.

Steve Simon acknowledged he would no longer beget in extra e mail communications on account of he used to be no longer delighted her earlier replies were no longer “influenced by others”.

Ms Peng disappeared from public watch for three weeks after accusing the former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.

The WTA has sought proof she is safe.

The UN and US have also demanded data on her whereabouts alongside with a alternative of necessary tennis players including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic.

Ms Peng, 35, who is one of China’s prime tennis players, had earlier this month written a 1,600-observe put up on Chinese language social media platform Weibo, the save she laid out her allegations in opposition to the 75-year-light Mr Zhang.

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Final Sunday, Peng Shuai acknowledged she used to be safe and properly in a video call involving Global Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

China has reacted angrily to the attention, in particular after the sceptical reaction to the IOC assertion on the call – apart from a sequence of photos and videos that perceived to show veil all used to be properly with the athlete.

Some have accused Mr Simon of ignoring Ms Peng’s emails.

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IOC President Thomas Bach spoke to Ms Peng for 30 minutes on Sunday

On Saturday, a WTA spokesman suggested AFP news company Mr Simon “stays deeply fervent that Peng is no longer free from censorship or coercion and determined no longer to re-beget by activity of e mail till he used to be delighted her responses were her have, and no longer those of her censors.

“The WTA stays focused on her capability to focus on freely, overtly, and straight.”

Mr Simon has threatened to drag the WTA’s alternate out of China, which could possibly have a spacious construct. There are 10 WTA events scheduled to happen in the nation next year including the Wuhan Open and WTA finals in Shenzhen.

The Wuhan Open next year will be the first time tennis players have returned to the city for the reason that start of the pandemic.

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WTA chairman: We’re insecure about Peng’s safety

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