Tournament organizer posts photos of missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai

The organizer of a tennis tournament in Beijing posted photos of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai on Sunday, the latest glimpse of her whereabouts since she went missing earlier this month.

According to the photos posted on WeChat by China Open, Peng attended the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals on Sunday, Reuters reported. She is reportedly seen next to a court wearing a dark blue jacket and white trousers while signing oversize tennis balls for children.

Peng has not been heard from or seen publicly since Nov. 2, when she accused vice premier Zhang Gaoli in a now-deleted Chinese social media post of coercing her into having sex in 2018 and later abusing her during a relationship.


Zhang has not commented on the allegations against him, nor has the Chinese government, Reuters noted. Peng’s claim has also reportedly been blocked from conversations on China’s internet.

Shen Shiwei, a Chinese state television employee, posted photos of Peng online Friday, likely an attempt to tamp down concerns that the tennis star had gone missing. The photos showed her holding a toy panda bear and a gray cat.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of Global Times, which is another form of China's state-affiliated media, said the photos posted by Shiwei were Peng's "current state," adding that she has remained in her home freely in recent days and "didn't want to be disturbed."


"She will show up in public and participate in some activities soon," Hu added.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), however, is not satisfied with the new photos of Peng posted by the tennis tournament's organizers. A spokesperson for the group told Reuters on Sunday that the photos are “insufficient” and do not speak to its concerns.

The group previously said that if Peng’s allegations were not investigated and if she did not appear in public, the WTA would take its business out of China.