Has Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai been found dead?

Written by Staff Writer, CNN Beijing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai was reported missing earlier this month and has not been seen or heard from since. And after several days, there is now speculation…

Has Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai been found dead?

Written by Staff Writer, CNN Beijing

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai was reported missing earlier this month and has not been seen or heard from since. And after several days, there is now speculation as to whether she is really dead.

The case was first reported by UK’s The Telegraph and is being investigated by local police.

Peng had been on holiday in Shandong Province at the time of her disappearance. The 31-year-old has been in China since 2008 and had last competed at Wimbledon in July.

At the time of writing, a post in her Instagram account is still up and available for viewing. It is titled “The Rebirth of the Woman Great” and features a photograph of Peng looking to the side as she struggles through an intense workout.

The post reads: “There are so many things I don’t know about the world. Do you know where I am? If so, please, give me answers. The people who really know me are in the dark also.”

The account that hosts Peng’s Instagram account is private, but the post has more than 5,600 “likes.” In the post, Peng announces that she will be starting a fund to improve the quality of Chinese art.

It has since been deleted.

Chris Eades, a reporter for The Telegraph, who wrote a detailed report about Peng’s disappearance , indicated she was involved in a relationship with Ren Jianliang, a Chinese businessman.

The Telegraph reported on Aug. 4 that Ren had died on Aug. 2 of an unspecified cause. Neither Peng’s nor Ren’s accounts have been deleted, and Peng has not been heard from since her disappearance.

“Mrs Peng would like to send her most sincere heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Ren Jianliang’s mother,” Ren’s father wrote on Weibo, according to reports by The Telegraph.

Peng is not a stranger to controversy.

She was banned from the 2014 Australian Open for breaking a rule designed to tackle gambling on the WTA Tour.

Peng was fined 500 Swiss francs ($566) and hit with a code violation from the umpire during her match against Ana Ivanovic at the Hobart International.

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