Peng Shuai accused Zhang Gaoli, former Chinese vice premier, of abuses against her, which had lasted for years, through a post on social media. The post was then eliminated and Peng Shuai disappeared from the public scene, only to come back, with images and phrases of circumstance some weeks alter.
A come back which, however, did not convince WTA of her of real well-being. In fact, the WTA has decided, in support of the Chinese tennis player, to cancel all the tournaments in China scheduled for 2022. Here is the full version of the post, immediately removed by the members, published by the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello sport: "It is not easy to talk about it, but I want it to come out.
To what extent I feel hypocritical. I confess that I am not a good girl, indeed, I am a bad, a bad girl. About three years ago you, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, retired and asked Dr. Liu, from the Tianjin Tennis Center, to contact me to arrange a tennis match with me at the Kangming Hotel in Beijing.
After playing tennis in the morning, you and your wife Kang Jie took me to your home. Then you took me to a room and, just like in Tianjin more than ten years ago, you told me you wanted to have sex with me. I was very scared that afternoon, I didn't expect it to happen like this, with a guard outside the door, because it was impossible to make believe that your wife would agree to such a thing.
We had had sex once, seven years ago, and then you went to Beijing to participate in the standing committee of the Communist Party. Long time ago I had time if I clean our story in my heart, since you had no intention of taking any responsibility.
But then, why did you come looking for me again, to take me to your house and force me to have sex with you? I have no proof, and it was impossible to keep any trace of what happened. That afternoon, I said no to you at first and burst into tears.
I dined with you and your wife, Kang Jie. You kept talking and saying so many things, to get the thoughts out of my mind. After dinner, you said that you had never forgotten me in those seven years, and that I should have been nice to you, and so on… I was panicking, but I gave in.
Yes, we had sex. From that day on, I felt love blossom for you again. Even at the risk of my life, I want to tell the truth about you. On the evening of October 30, 2021, we had a fight. You said we were going to your house on the afternoon of November 2nd to clear everything up.
Today, at noon, you called me to tell me that you are very busy and that we will hear from you later. And you "disappeared" again, as you did seven years ago. You said there was no commitment between us. You were always afraid that I would take a tape recorder with me to gather evidence.
I have nothing to prove what happened, neither audio nor video, only the real experience of my life turned upside down. But even if I risk disintegrating, like an egg thrown against a rock, I'm ready to tell the truth about you.
You will deny or go on a counterattack. I am a bad girl who doesn't deserve to be a mother. You are the father of a son and a daughter. After everything you've done in this life, will you be able to look them in the face with a clear conscience?"