China’s Peng Shuai serving at some stage in a match on the Australian Start on January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

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BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese language tennis giant name Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts beget been a subject of world enlighten for weeks, attended a tennis occasion in Beijing on Sunday, basically basically based on unswerving photos printed by the occasion organised by China Start.

Peng might perchance possibly additionally additionally be considered among company on the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, wearing a wretched blue jacket and white trousers, basically basically based on the photos printed on the occasion’s unswerving WeChat web page.

The feeble doubles world no 1 had no longer been considered or heard from publicly since she talked about on Chinese language social media on Nov. 2 that feeble vice premier Zhang Gaoli had coerced her into sex and they later had an on-off consensual relationship.

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Neither Zhang nor the Chinese language govt beget commented on her allegation. Peng’s social media put up became as soon as like a flash deleted and the subject has been blocked from discussion on China’s closely censored web.

World tennis bodies beget expressed enlighten, with the Girls folk’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) threatening to pull tournaments out of China. The USA and Britain beget known as for evidence of Peng’s whereabouts and security.

The photos and video footage of Peng that emerged on Sunday live “inadequate” and put no longer contend with the WTA’s concerns, a spokesperson for the community recommended Reuters by e-mail.

The U.S. and British embassies in Beijing did no longer all of a sudden reply to Reuters requests for commentary on her reappearance.

The scenario of Peng’s security and whereabouts has emerged as China prepares to host the Frosty climate Olympics in Beijing in February amid calls from global rights groups and others for a boycott over its human rights story.

A photograph of Peng on the Fila occasion became as soon as also posted on Twitter by Ding Li, a senior govt of Global D-Sports actions, a company which company recordsdata app Tianyancha says organises sport events and manages athletes.

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Ding, who recommended Reuters he became as soon as a prolonged-time buddy of Peng’s, talked about her phone is continually switched on, so the WTA might perchance possibly correct call her. WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon, on the opposite hand, recommended Time journal supreme week that the organisation had tried to contact her thru a amount of approach.

Ding talked about Peng became as soon as no longer accepting international media interviews as she received many calls after Simon had despatched an e-mail to her assistant that contained her contact recordsdata, and copied a chain of of us in his message.

The WTA did no longer all of a sudden reply to a group a matter to for commentary on that e-mail. Twitter is blocked in China.

On Saturday night time, Peng visited a fashioned restaurant in downtown Beijing for a meal Ding attended, basically basically based on photos he posted on Twitter. Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the enlighten-backed Global Times reposted a video of the day out, which a cafe manager confirmed to Reuters on Sunday.

Seven of us in conjunction with Peng beget been on the Sichuanese restaurant, talked about the manager, Zhou Hongmei, in conjunction with that they ate in a non-public room and beget been joined by the restaurant’s owner.

“It became as soon as crowded on the restaurant as routine,” Zhou talked about, showing a bill that included noodles and bamboo shoots. “They didn’t beget a lot. I deem they mostly chatted.”

Searches on Chinese language platforms for social media posts on Peng’s allegations persevered to yield no results on Sunday. On some video-sharing web sites like Bilibili, Peng’s name became as soon as also no longer found in searches. Some feeble videos featuring Peng might perchance possibly restful be found, but decide up entry to to their comments sections became as soon as locked.

Chinese language enlighten media outlet CGTN on Wednesday launched what it talked about became as soon as an e-mail Peng had despatched to WTA’s Simon, wherein she talked about the allegation of assault became as soon as unfaithful. Simon talked about on the time he had a laborious time believing that Peng herself had written the e-mail.

Hu of the Global Times also tweeted Peng’s Sunday look on the tennis occasion. The Global Times is printed by the Of us’s Each day, the unswerving newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Videos posted by Hu and a Global Times reporter confirmed her smiling, waving and signing autographs for formative years.

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Reporting by Brenda Goh, Sophie Yu, Yew Lun Tian, Gabriel Crossley and Ryan Woo; Editing by William Mallard

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