Guangzhou Hosts First WTA Tournament in China Following Peng Shuai Controversy

Guangzhou Hosts First WTA Tournament in China Following Peng Shuai Controversy

The first of seven WTA tournaments in China this year will take place in Guangzhou. The WTA withdrew from China in protest against the treatment of former tennis player Peng Shuai, who disappeared from the public for several weeks after allegations of abuse against a high-ranking politician.

In April, the players’ organization lifted its ban, even though the requested independent investigation into the “Peng Shuai” case in China never took place. WTA CEO Steve Simon admitted that the boycott would not achieve the goal. The only ones who suffer are the players and tournament organizers, who “pay an extraordinary price for their sacrifices.”

Peng had expressed her allegations on the social network Weibo, but later deleted her entry. The case caused a stir beyond the sports world. Even before the WTA boycott, no tournaments took place in China for a long time after the outbreak of the corona pandemic due to entry restrictions. Before the comeback in Guangzhou, the WTA tour last stopped in Shenzhen in January 2020.

After Niemeier’s exit, three more German players are competing in the $259,303 tournament: Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau/No. 3), Anna-Lena Friedsam (Neuwied) and Tamara Korpatsch (Hamburg). Things continue in China next week in Ningbo, followed by one of the biggest tournaments this fall in Beijing.

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