Peng Shuai ‘insufficient’ to guarantee safety, says WTA chief

Media playback is not supported on this device Peng Shuai ‘apprehensive’ after reported attack A new video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai “insufficient” to assure her safety, says WTA chief Steve Simon. Former…

Peng Shuai 'insufficient' to guarantee safety, says WTA chief

Media playback is not supported on this device Peng Shuai ‘apprehensive’ after reported attack

A new video of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai “insufficient” to assure her safety, says WTA chief Steve Simon.

Former Grand Slam doubles champion Peng, 33, claims she was knocked unconscious and robbed of her phone, jewellery and keys during an incident in Munich on 30 July.

A spokeswoman for the WTA says the body is now waiting for official police reports.

“We remain in close contact with her, offering her support and assistance,” Simon added.

“With more information, we’ll make a determination about next steps.”

After the video of the alleged incident emerged, several Chinese media outlets were criticised for reporting it as true.

Among those who voiced their disapproval was Peng’s husband, Chinese tennis player Zhang Ze, who said it could have led to a dispute with police officials.

An initial police investigation found Peng, a grand slam doubles champion at the French Open in 2007, had not been physically hurt during the alleged attack.

A spokesman for the Munich police said it has rejected any claim that there was no proof of an attack.

The former world number 37’s management company, which is believed to represent other Chinese players, offered her and her family “security” and “physical protection” during her absence from the event.

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