WTA suspends all events in China, Hong Kong over Peng Shuai’s safety

The Women’s Tennis Association is suspending all events in China and Hong Kong over safety concerns for Chinese player Peng Shuai.

Shuai has only made limited public appearances since she posted about a sexual assault allegation against a top Chinese government official.

She initially disappeared for a number of weeks before the matter received worldwide attention.


The WTA had been threatening the suspension for some time unless there was evidence that Peng Shuai was safe and well.

Most recently, Peng Shuai was seen on a video call with Olympic officials late in November, but it’s been widely criticised for not providing sufficient enough evidence that she’s being treated appropriately.

The European Union has recently backed the calls from the WTA to have further proof of her wellbeing.

The WTA is now following through with threats to suspend all events in China, including Hong Kong, which affects 10 events.

The events are worth a whopping $30 million in prize money collectively.