Bing Shuai: Chinese state media publishes photos “from the tennis player’s social media account”

Chinese state media published photos of a missing tennis player Bing Shuai She claims it’s from her social media account – although serious doubts remain.

The photos were posted on Bing’s moments on WeChat with the message “Happy Weekend”, Shen Xuyi, a reporter for Chinese state media, said on Friday.

He said, “Her friend shared the three photos and a snapshot of Peng’s WeChat moments.”

The sports star has not been seen since a (now deleted) blog post was published two weeks ago in which she made a series of sexual assault allegations against former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli.

It comes on the heels of an email allegedly sent by Ms. Shuai, which was also launched by China’s state broadcaster on Thursday. The text read: “I’m not missing, I’m not safe.”

It was met with widespread skepticism.

WTA President Steve Simon said he didn’t think the email had “any validity,” adding, “We won’t feel comfortable until we have the opportunity to speak with her.”

Pressure is also mounting from the WTA, which has warned that it is prepared to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in business from China if the player is not fully accounted for.

“Women need to be respected and not censored,” Simon said in an interview Thursday with CNN.

Bing Shuai attributed to him: Michel Euler/AFP

Simon said the WTA had made contact with its Chinese counterparts, but that attempts to speak to Peng directly were unsuccessful.

“We reached out to her via every phone number, email address and other forms of contact,” he said.

“There are too many digital methods to contact people these days, and we still haven’t been able to get a response yet.”

It came as a growing pool of voices raised concerns about the player’s safety.

Ms. Shuai wrote a post alleging that she suffered years of sexual abuse and coercion during a relationship with the former senior official.

The 35-year-old is a former number one women’s doubles player who won titles at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014.

She has also competed in three Olympics, making her disappearance more prominent as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Games from February 4.

Stars from the tennis world and beyond have shared their concern and shock over her disappearance.

Serena Williams wrote: “I am shocked and shocked to hear the news of my colleague, Bing Shuai.

“This must be investigated and not kept silent. Sending love to her and her family during this very difficult time.”

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray wrote: “The whereabouts of tennis player Peng Shuai is currently unknown after she made sexual assault allegations against a Chinese government official.”

He shared footage of Czech player Barbora Krejkova’s speech during the WTA Awards as she spoke about the Velvet Revolution in then-Czechoslovakia, a major uprising against the Communist Party.

Williams and Murray are the latest in A series of athletes and celebrities to draw attention to her cause.

Judy Murray shared a photo of the tennis player with the hashtag “Where Bing Shuai”.

Earlier in the week Naomi Osaka She shared her shock at the player’s disappearance.

“Not sure if you’ve been following the news, but I was recently informed of the disappearance of a fellow tennis player shortly after it was revealed that she had been sexually assaulted,” Osaka wrote to her 1.1 million followers.

Novak Djokovic, the top number one in men’s tennis, was also shocked by the situation and Britain’s Liam Brody, of Stockport, said he did not believe something like this could happen in the 21st century.

A complete English translation of the Peng Shuai pamphlet which soon disappeared.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was not aware of the controversy surrounding Ms. Shuai.

“It is not a diplomatic issue and I am not aware of the situation,” ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

The department has consistently denied knowledge of the issue since it emerged as a major global story earlier this week.

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