WTA chief says new video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai ‘insufficient’ to assure her safety

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WTA chief says new video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai 'insufficient' to assure her safety

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Suspended player’s thoughts on misogynistic online comments are causing concern among many on social media

WTA chief says new video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai ‘insufficient’ to assure her safety

Li Na, president of the women’s tennis tour, said that the WTA has received a video that shows Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai throwing a water bottle into the stands at a match in Canada, but that it is “insufficient” to assure her safety.

Li had previously met with the player in Montreal last month to discuss the allegations that Peng’s opponent, Aleksandra Wozniak, was told not to play a point in the second set because Peng had been talking to Wozniak’s husband.

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Li told AP on Thursday that she has seen a video of Peng’s blowup at a WTA event in Montreal on 1 August. She said that while it appears Peng did not intend to hit the woman in the stands with the bottle, and was angry because Wozniak had offered to apologize, “in the interest of due process, and the genuine interest of the players and fans, I have to be comfortable as an administrator in reassuring the players and the fans that there is going to be security in place at all times.”

Li added that there were also “negative comments on the net of the website,” which she called “too severe to be tolerated.”

Peng’s manager, Jin Rang, told AP that there is still much uncertainty surrounding the situation, but that the WTA had not fully investigated the accusations and “could have been more serious.”

The video appeared on TMZ.

Li would not confirm that the video was in fact of Peng’s tantrum, only that the tour had received it.

“I said I have not seen it yet,” Li said. “But I have received it. We are going to do everything in our power to ensure she is comfortable as a player and in the locker room, and that there is no talk between players and their families.”

Peng said on Twitter on Thursday that “I am not calling for discrimination,” but she does not appreciate how difficult it can be for women players to find security details when playing in hostile environments.

Peng is suspended by the WTA pending an investigation, but later said she did not intend to hit the woman in the stands and wished the incident had been taken as a “minor disagreement.”

Wozniak’s match was suspended but resumed the next day. Wozniak eventually won the match, 6-3, 6-4.

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