Hong Kong: Naomi Osaka, Tennis superstar has voiced her concern over Peng Shuai, who has not been seen in public since accusing a former Chinese state leader of assault.
Osaka said that she hopes that Peng and her family are alright and that she is in shock due to her situation and is sending love her way.
She tweeted on her official account with the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai.
Peng, one of China’s most recognizable tennis stars, accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of harassing her..
Peng’s post on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, was deleted within 30 minutes of publication, with Chinese censors moving swiftly to wipe out any mention of the accusation online.
Peng has not been seen in public since the accusation and her whereabouts have not been publicly disclosed. Her Weibo account, which has more than half a million followers, is still blocked from searchers on the platform.
A growing number of international athletes have expressed concern for Peng.
Tennis legend and 39 time Grand Slam championship-winner Billie Jean King said on Twitter, “Hoping that Peng Shuai is found safe and that her accusations are fully investigated.”
And former world No.1 Chris Evert said, “these accusations are very disturbing.”
“I’ve known Peng since she was 14; we should all be concerned; this is serious; where is she? Is she safe? Any information would be appreciated,” she said in a post on Twitter.
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