Peng Shuai appears in Beijing, WTA not reassured

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai re-emerged on Sunday (November 21), according to official photos, amid mounting concern over her whereabouts and safety.

She attended a tennis tournament in Beijing, according to photos published by the tournament, which was organized by China Open.

In footage shared on Twitter by Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin, Peng can be seen among guests at the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, wearing a dark blue jacket and white trousers.

The former doubles world number one had not been seen or heard from publicly since November 2nd, after saying on Chinese social media that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli coerced her into sex, and that they later had an on-off consensual relationship.

Neither Zhang nor the Chinese government have commented on Peng's allegation.

Her social media post was quickly deleted - and the topic blocked on China's heavily-censored internet.

On Saturday night, Hu Xijin posted another video of Peng at a popular restaurant in downtown Beijing.

The restaurant manager, Zhou Hongmei, confirmed Peng's appearance there to Reuters on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday, Hu had said Peng would be seen "participating in some activities soon".

Reuters has not been able to independently verify the videos.

World tennis bodies have remained unconvinced.

In a statement - Women's Tennis Association chairman Steve Simon said, quote:

"While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and take actions on her own, without coercion or external interference. This video alone is insufficient.

The WTA had earlier threatened to pull tournaments out of China over Peng's disappearance.

The U.S. and British embassies in Beijing, which also called for evidence of Peng's whereabouts and safety, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.

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