Chinese Tennis Player Missing? The tennis champion disappeared after she accused a former top government official of forcing her to have sex with him after playing tennis at his home. She has not been seen publicly since.
Peng, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, disappeared after writing a social media post on 2 November accusing a former top government official of forcing her to have sex after playing tennis at his home.
Her original post on Weibo has been taken down and neither former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli nor the Chinese government have commented on her allegation.
Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin – from the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party – wrote on Twitter: “In the past few days, she stayed in her own home freely and she didn’t want to be disturbed. She will show up in public and participate in some activities soon.”
The mystery surrounding the tennis champion took a fresh twist on Friday after photos emerged purporting to show her relaxing at home, surrounded by soft toys and with a grey cat.
Experts have expressed scepticism and questioned the authenticity of the images.
An email said to be from Peng was released on Wednesday by CGTN, but doubts have also been raised over its authenticity.