Where is Peng Shuai – level 3

24-11-2021 15:00

The 35-year-old professional tennis star and an important person in Chinese tennis, Peng Shuai, seems to have vanished after she shared her story of an alleged sexual assault by a former high-ranking Chinese official.

On November 2, Peng Shuai went online, and she said that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex with him. Only minutes later, someone removed her post from Chinese social media, and since then, Peng was silent. No one has seen her publicly for two weeks.

The head of the Women’s Tennis Association said she did not believe an email from the Chinese state government that said it was from Peng herself. The email and the language seemed flippant, as it said that Peng was safe and resting at home, and the allegation of sexual assault wasn’t true. A lot of other people do not believe this situation. Several tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams said on the news that they were shocked by Peng’s disappearance and concerned about her.

Difficult words: vanish (to disappear suddenly and completely), attribute (to say that something causes something else), flippant (a less serious or disrespectful attitude).

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