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‘Very, very scary’: Female tennis ace ‘disappears’ days after accusing ex-Chinese Communist Party chief of sexual assault


November 14, 2021

Campaigners and concerned fans are pleading with tennis bosses to help after the reported disappearance of a tennis star who accused China’s former vice premier of trying to force her to have sex with him.

In a lengthy, troubling open letter to the politician published on Chinese social media network Weibo last week, former world number 14 Peng Shuai said that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) member Zhang Gaoli had made her “afraid” when he allegedly took her to his home years after she claimed they first had sex.

The 35-year-old alleged that she refused to have sex with the 75-year-old as part of what she claimed was a bizarre, manipulative relationship that made her feel like a “soulless creature” and “embarrassed”.

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