Garbine Muguruza Fears “Real Truth” About Peng Shuai May Never Be Known

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World number three Garbine Muguruza said on Saturday the “real truth” about what happened to Peng Shuai after the tennis star accused a top Chinese politician of sexual assault may never be known. Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, alleged on social media in November that former Vice Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex during a long-term on-and-off relationship. It was the first time the #MeToo movement had touched China’s ruling Communist Party, but Peng’s online post was removed and her claims censored, then she disappeared from the public, only to reappear three weeks later.

However, questions remain about how free Peng really is and after making global headlines for weeks, the outcry over his plight has since died down and the tennis world’s focus has turned to the visa saga. Novak Djokovic.

“Are we going to know anything about this? I don’t know, I think it’s a complicated country to deal with,” Muguruza told reporters from Peng and China, which will host the Winter Olympics next month in the capital Beijing.

“I think it’s not moving forward a bit. It’s been there for months and months,” Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said before the start of the Australian Open on Monday, where Peng will be absent.

“It seemed like for a moment, okay, let’s find out what’s going on.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult to find a real truth and for her to be able to speak freely.”

The Women’s Tennis Association led the way by demanding to know what happened to Peng and suspended tournaments in China for it.

“I feel like this is something the WTA has done very well,” added Muguruza of Spain.

“I think they have shown a lot of courage and character by supporting them and making these strong decisions.”

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Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty said in regards to the players and the WTA about Peng, “our message hasn’t changed.”

“We hope she’s okay, we really hope she’s okay, that she’s okay, and hopefully we’ll see her back soon,” she said.

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