The former world No. 1 in doubles and Wimbledon doubles champion in 2013, has not been heard from directly in more than a fortnight following her social media post that made sexual assault allegations against former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli public.
Neither Zhang nor the Chinese communist dictatorship has commented on the allegations, while the topic has been blocked from all discussion on China’s state-censored internet.
As well as pictures posted to Twitter purportedly showing Peng at home, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin published a video appearing to show her at a restaurant.
Hu also said on Saturday that Peng will make a public appearance “soon”.
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Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) chairman Steve Simon, however, considers the video “insufficient” evidence that Peng is safe.
“I am glad to see the videos released by China state-run media that appear to show Peng Shuai at a restaurant in Beijing,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
“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.”
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“As I have stated from the beginning, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the allegation of sexual assault is being censored and swept under the rug.
“I have been clear about what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a crossroads,” Mr Simon said. 
Peng’s disappearance has attracted condemnation from numerous sources including the White House, and tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“She was the number one [doubles player] in the world…I hope she is well,” Federer told Sky Sports Italy.
“The whole tennis family is with her. I am connected to all players. I hope good news will come soon from her.”
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Nadal told L’Equipe: “I follow the news and read about Peng Shuai”.
“Even if I don’t have all the information, the most important thing is to know if she is OK. All of us from the tennis family are hoping to see her back with us soon.”
World men’s No.1 Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA’s threat to withdraw from participating in tournaments in China.
“I heard just now that the WTA is willing to pull out from China with all the tournaments unless this is resolved. I support it 100 per cent,” he said on Friday.
“It’s important because this is horrifying. I mean, a person is missing.”
Wimbledon also issued a statement on Sunday expressing its concern for Peng’s whereabouts.
“We are united with the rest of tennis in the need to understand that Peng Shuai is safe,” the statement read.
“We have been working in support of the WTA’s efforts to establish her safety through our relationships behind the scenes.
“Along with the global tennis community, we would like Peng Shuai to know that her wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work to gain clarity on her safety.”
The Chinese tennis player has not been seen or heard from publicly since revealing on social media on November 2 that former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had allegedly coerced her into sex. 
Zhang received his first political appointment in 1984 and eventually earned a seat on the CCP Politburo Standing Committee in 2012.  He was appointed to the vice-premiership in 2013.

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