Peng Shuai furore grows despite star's backflip

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The Women's Tennis Association has renewed calls for a "full, just and transparent investigation" into intersexual battle allegations raised by Peng Shuai, noting that her most caller nationalist appearance does not enactment to remainder concerns for her safety.

In a societal media station successful November, Peng accused erstwhile vice premier Zhang Gaoli of intersexual assault, nevertheless successful an interrogation connected the play Peng said the concern was a "misunderstanding".

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"I wanted to marque this precise wide - I person ne'er claimed, oregon written astir anyone having sexually assaulted me," Peng said. "With regards to Weibo, it's astir my idiosyncratic privateness ... There's been a batch of misunderstanding … There [should be] nary distorted interpretation."

Peng was speaking to a Chinese-language work nether authorities power successful Singapore, raising concerns that she was not speaking freely. The outlet, Lianhe Zaobao, is known for its pro-Beijing coverage.

Peng Shuai (Getty)

"It was again bully to spot Peng Shuai successful a nationalist mounting and we surely anticipation she is doing well," the WTA said successful a statement.

"As we person consistently stated, these appearances bash not alleviate oregon code the WTA's important concerns astir her wellbeing and quality to pass without censorship oregon coercion.

"We stay steadfast successful our telephone for a full, just and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of intersexual assault, which is the contented that gave emergence to our archetypal concern."

The WTA has already announced it volition suspend each events successful China for the foreseeable future, owed to concerns for Peng's safety.

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