Johanna Konta says WTA is ‘deeply concerned’ over welfare of Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai was beaten by Martina Hingis in the US Open final in August British number one Johanna Konta says the WTA remains “deeply concerned” over the welfare of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai….

Johanna Konta says WTA is 'deeply concerned' over welfare of Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai was beaten by Martina Hingis in the US Open final in August

British number one Johanna Konta says the WTA remains “deeply concerned” over the welfare of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.

WTA boss Steve Simon has said he is “outraged” over allegations she has lost almost 70% of her matches over a five-year period.

It is a condition that would rule her out of the World Tour Finals if found guilty.

Peng, 32, has not commented publicly on the situation, but was due to participate in China’s $740,000 (£608,700) final tournament of the year.

The WTA says Peng has been issued with all of the appropriate warnings and guidance, while she has not been banned from the WTA Tour.

“The WTA remains deeply concerned about Peng Shuai’s wellbeing,” the women’s governing body said in a statement.

“The WTA has made clear to both Peng and her advisors that she is and will remain in the care of the players’ council.

“All 24 players and five ex-players of the WTA have been granted strict confidentiality as well as a legal agreement that limits contact and influence over Peng Shuai’s playing choices.

“These players have received strong and clear guidance from the WTA on how they are to behave to ensure their interactions with her remain within the scope of our players’ rights and responsibilities.”

Source: ITF

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