Tennis-Women’s tour chief casts doubt on statement attributed to China’s Peng

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By Amy Tennery (Reuters) – The head of the Women’s Tennis Association on Wednesday voiced doubt over an email it received, also released by a Chinese state media outlet, in which tennis player Peng Shuai was said to deny her allegations of sexual assault. Peng, one of China’s biggest sport stars, said on social media this month that former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli coerced her into sex and that they later had an on-off consensual relationship. Her post was deleted about half an hour later and she had not since then been seen in public or made a statement, alarming the global tennis comm…

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