W.T.A. Suspends Tournaments in China Over Missing Tennis Star Peng Shuai

Matthew Futterman, reporting for The New York Times:

“While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe and not subject to censorship, coercion and intimidation,” Simon said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

“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.”

The WTA continues to impress.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021