Sam Stosur gives thoughts on Peng Shuai's 'terrible story'



by   |  VIEW 2492

Sam Stosur gives thoughts on Peng Shuai's 'terrible story'

Former doubles world No. 1 Sam Stosur is hoping her old rival Peng Shuai is safe and well. Stosur and Peng are both former world No. 1s in doubles and one of the best players in the competition over the last 10 years. Peng went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault.

“it’s a terrible story, what is unfolding with Peng Shuai. We played many, many times on Tour. All the players know who she was as she has won Grand Slams (the French Open and Wimbledon) and [has] been number one in the world in doubles," Stosur said, as quoted on Tennishead.

“From the players’ point of view and the [WTA] Tour, we just want her to be safe and hopefully everything is okay, but things are unfolding and we just have to wait and see how that plays out”.

The WTA takes a stand in the Peng situation

On Wednesday, the WTA suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year.

"As a result, and with the full support of the WTA Board of Directors, I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong. In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault.

Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022," WTA CEO Steve Simon announced. "I very much regret it has come to this point.

The tennis communities in China and Hong Kong are full of great people with whom we have worked for many years. They should be proud of their achievements, hospitality and success. However, unless China takes the steps we have asked for, we cannot put our players and staff at risk by holding events in China.

China’s leaders have left the WTA with no choice. I remain hopeful that our pleas will be heard and the Chinese authorities will take steps to legitimately address this issue”.