Chinese tennis star Peng denies she made accusation of sexual assault By Reuters

Chinese tennis star Peng denies she made accusation of sexual assault By Reuters
2/2 Chinese tennis star Peng denies she made accusation of sexual assault© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – China Open Women’s Singles Second Round – Beijing, China – 05/10/16. China’s Peng Shuai reacts to a challenge call as she plays against France’s Caroline Garcia. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 2/2

By Tony Munroe and Yew Lun Tian

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said on Sunday that she had never accused anyone of sexually assaulting her, and that a social media post she had made early last month had been misunderstood.

Peng’s well-being became a matter of concern among the global tennis community and rights groups when she appeared to allege that a former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her in the past. After that post, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks.

“First, I need to stress one point…

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