An email from Peng Shuai surfaced and the Women’s Tennis Organisation is highly doubting if truly the email has come from her.
According to BBC News the head of WTA, Steve Simon disclosed that he is in doubt of whether the email sent by Peng Shuai was written by or on behalf of her.
Peng Shuai who is one of China’s fore sportspersons has been hard to reach both physically and online ever since her disclosure of being sexually assaulted by the previous Vice Premier of China.
The email shared on Wednesday must have been a response to concerns raised by other world athletes – including Naomi Osaka – towards her sudden disappearance.
A news agency in China reported that Peng Shuai in the email stated she was doing fine and that she has been taking her time at home.
She also debunked her claim of a sexual assault in the email; sparking a lot of reactions on social media as fans and observers do not trust the originality of this statement, and have begun questioning if this is coming from her at all.
Some people have also noted the screenshot of the email published by China’s news agency has a typing cursor still visible on it like it was intentionally snapped in the process of typing.
Steve Simon mentions how this email has further raised concerns and an alert for a crucial inquiry into Peng Shuai’s safety.
He declares that the WTA will be needing a self-dependent body that will investigate the whereabouts of the tennis player.
He further stated that her sexual assault must also be looked into.
Peng Shuai is a popular tennis player who has represented China at the world level. In both 2013 and 2014, she won 2 Grand Slams in Wimbledon while partnering with Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei.