WTA CEO provides update on Peng Shuai investigation



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WTA CEO provides update on Peng Shuai investigation

WTA CEO Steve Simon revealed no significant progress in the Peng Shuai case has been reached. However, Simon did confirm that the WTA will soon decide whether or not to cancel all the tournaments scheduled for China in 2022.

"A lot of work continues to go on," Simon told the BBC Sport. "We will never stop working on the process. We are strong and we will be resilient. What we have said we were going to do so far, we are not going to waver from that.

But no significant progress has been reached."

Peng claimed she's fine, Simon had doubts

In early February, Peng conducted an interview with L'Equipe. In the interview, Peng claimed she never accused anyone of sexual assault and insisted she never disappeared but just needed some alone time.

"First of all, I would like to thank all the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and all the personalities in large numbers who cared about me," Peng told L'Equipe. "But I didn’t think there would be such concern and I would like to know: why such concern? I never disappeared, everyone could see me.

"[My post on Weibo] has given rise to a huge misunderstanding from the outside world. I hope that we no longer distort the meaning of this post. I never said anyone sexually assaulted me." Peng was asked to explain why it took her so long to establish contact with the outside world if she was indeed safe and well.

"It’s just that a lot of people, like my friends, including from the IOC, messaged me, and it was quite impossible to reply to so many messages. But with my close friends, I always remained in close contact," Peng said.

"I also discussed this with the WTA. But, at the end of the year, their website’s communication computer was changed and many players had difficulty logging in at that time." After Peng's interview with L'Equipe, Simon reacted by saying he had a hard time believing her interview wasn't influenced by others.