The Daily Telegraph

How the world reacted

Support for Peng pours in

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Serena Williams

I am devastated and shocked to hear about the news of my peer, Peng Shuai. I hope she is safe and found as soon as possible. This must be investigat­ed and we must not stay silent. Sending love to her and her family during this incredibly difficult time.

Naomi Osaka

Censorship is never OK at any cost. I am in shock of the current situation, and I am sending love and light her way.

Chris Evert

I wake up every morning with a knot in my stomach thinking about Peng Shuai … We read about atrocities taking place in foreign countries, but this has hit too close to home. Prayers and action are needed.

Billie Jean King

Hoping that Peng Shuai is found safe and that her accusation­s are fully investigat­ed.

Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO

The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabout­s. Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidati­on from any source.

Roger Federer

I hope she’s safe. The tennis family sticks together, and I’ve always told my children as well that the tennis family is my second family. I’ve been on tour for 20-25 years and I love the tour, I love the people that are there, [they] are special, the players as well, and she’s one of them.

Novak Djokovic

The whole tennis community needs to back her up and her family and make sure she is safe and sound. Because if you have tournament­s on Chinese soil without resolving this situation it would be a bit strange, so I understand why the WTA has taken a stance like that.

Alize Cornet

Watching the whole tennis community, and now the whole world, getting involved in Peng Shuai’s story gives me hope somehow. I just can’t wait to know that she is safe and healthy. We need to know. In the meantime, let’s stand together.

Jen Psaki, Joe Biden’s press secretary

We join the calls for authoritie­s to provide independen­t and verifiable proof of her whereabout­s and that she is safe. Any report of sexual assault should be investigat­ed, and we support a woman’s ability to speak out and seek accountabi­lity, whether here or around the world. We’ll continue to stand up for the freedom of speech.

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