WTA Tour set to return to China in 2023 following suspension over Peng Shuai situation

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(CNN)The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced Tuesday that it volition instrumentality to hosting tournaments successful China successful 2023 aft antecedently suspending each events successful the country, including Hong Kong, past November owed to the uncertainty implicit tennis subordinate Peng Shuai's safety.

Peng was feared to beryllium held incommunicado by the Chinese authorities aft she accused retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her into enactment during a years-long on-off relationship.

The contiguous effect from Chinese authorities was to censor immoderate notation of the accusation online and artifact Peng's Weibo relationship from hunt results.

    Peng disappeared from nationalist presumption for much than 2 weeks, prompting the world's biggest tennis stars and the United Nations to request answers arsenic to her whereabouts -- arsenic good arsenic a afloat probe into her allegations against Zhang.

      WTA to proceed  broad  prohibition  connected  Chinese events successful  2022 portion    it seeks solution  of Peng Shuai lawsuit

      Peng, a three-time Olympian and expansive slam doubles champion, aboriginal denied having made the intersexual battle claim.

      "I person ne'er spoken oregon written astir anyone sexually assaulting me," Peng told Singapore-based Chinese-language paper Lianhe Zaobao successful December 2021.

      WTA Chairman Steve Simon stated astatine the clip of the WTA's prohibition successful China: "I don't spot however I tin inquire our athletes to vie determination erstwhile Peng Shuai is not allowed to pass freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of intersexual assault.

        "Given the existent authorities of affairs, I americium besides greatly acrophobic astir the risks that each of our players and unit could look if we were to clasp events successful China successful 2022."

        In Tuesday's statement, the WTA said the season-ending WTA Finals volition beryllium held successful in Shenzhen, China, successful 2023, portion this year's variation -- primitively slated to beryllium hosted successful the Asian federation -- volition beryllium held successful Fort Worth, Texas, opening October 31.

        CNN has reached retired to the WTA and Simon for remark present that the circuit has decided to instrumentality to China.

          In August, International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty told CNN helium spoke to Peng astir six weeks agone and she appears to beryllium safe.

          Haggerty admitted that helium had not seen Peng successful person, but had spoken to her via video conference.

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