China Publishes Bizarre 'Email' from Tennis Player Missing Since Accusing Official of Rape

China Publishes Bizarre 'Email' from Tennis Player Missing Since Accusing Official of Rape

The state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN) published a statement on Tuesday allegedly written by Chinese professional tennis player Peng Shuai — who recently disappeared from the public eye after accusing former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault — in which Peng claims she is “not missing” but simply “resting at home.”

CGTN claimed on November 17 it obtained a copy of an email allegedly sent by Peng to Steve Simon, the chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has sent an email to Steve Simon, the WTA Chairman & CEO, CGTN has learned. The email reads:

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) November 17, 2021

CGTN published what appeared to be a screenshot of the “email” that astute internet observers noted included a text editor cursor, leading many to suspect that government officials drafted the letter, or were at least in the room when “Peng” wrote it.

“Hello everyone this is Peng Shuai,” the message begins.

“Regarding the recent news released on the official website of the WTA, the content has not been confirmed or verified by myself and it was released without my consent,” the statement reads.

“The news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true. I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine. Thank you again for caring about me,” the email continues.

“If the WTA publishes any more news about me, please verify it with me, and release it with my consent,” the letter states.

The message concludes with the author praising “Chinese tennis” and expressing a desire “to promote” Sino-excellence in the sport:

As a professional tennis player, I thank you all for your companionship and consideration.

I hope to promote Chinese tennis with you all if I have the chance in the future. I hope Chinese tennis will become better and better.

Once again, thank you for your consideration.

Gabrielle Reyes