WTA says it is suspending China events, citing reports from players’ union

WTA officials announced the suspension of their Shenzhen and Hubei regions events until the status of Peng Shuai can be clarified.

On Monday, officials from the players union announced the WTA “will fully cooperate with both the local authorities and the Players Union, however, at this time we are unable to confirm that Peng Shuai is under any investigation.”

Nomad told a Television in China reporter that Peng “was given physical beatings for carrying a score to 12-0 in the third set against Carla Suarez Navarro and was then deemed unfit to continue, thereby losing to her by an explicit score of 1-12. I am also told that when she was rushed to the hospital she showed signs of bruising and bleeding. And so we are investigating.”

Peng is one of 10 current or former top-10 players from China, and the suspension ends her season. The Hubei Open was scheduled to begin today, while the Shenzhen Open was to start next Friday.

Peng, who is ranked 81st, lost in the first round in Tokyo at the start of the week. She is coming off a first-round loss in the Australian Open.

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