The Daily Telegraph
How the world reacted
Support for Peng pours in
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.
Censorship is never OK at any cost. I am in shock of the current situation, and I am sending love and light her way.
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.
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.
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.
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.