The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) stated that they were concerned about Peng’s interview, saying they didn’t believe what she said.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai refuted the sexual assault accusation she made against a Chinese politician, saying the media misinterpreted her statement.

Peng made headlines and sent the tennis world into shock when she accused a top Chinese government official of sexually assaulting her. The world stood with the former doubles champion, and the entire incident triggered a conflict between the Chinese government and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

However, after the recent events, the WTA revealed that they were concerned about Peng’s interview, saying it didn’t seem authentic or real to them.

“It’s always good to see Peng Shuai, whether in an interview or attending the Olympic Games,” they said in a statement.

“However, her recent in-person interview does not alleviate any of our concerns about her initial post from November 2.”

Peng Shuai emerges at Olympics, gives controlled interview - Los Angeles  Times
Peng Shuai (pictured) has been backtracking on her recent comments. Source: latimes.com

Courageous, but unconvincing

“To reiterate our view, Peng took a bold step in publicly coming forth with the accusation that she was sexually assaulted by a senior Chinese government leader,” the statement continued.

“As we would do with any of our players globally, we have called for a formal investigation into the allegations by the appropriate authorities and an opportunity for the WTA to meet with Peng – privately – to discuss her situation.

“We continue to hold firm on our position and our thoughts remain with Peng Shuai.”

Earlier, Peng said in the L’Equipe interview, “I never said anyone had sexually assaulted me in any way.

“There was a huge misunderstanding in the outside world following this post. I don’t want the meaning of this post to be twisted anymore. And I don’t want any further media hype around it.

“I never disappeared. Everyone could see me. I never disappeared. It’s just that many people, like my friends or people from the IOC, messaged me and it was simply impossible to answer so many messages. But I’ve been always in close contact with my close friends.”

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