Tennis: Peng Shuai case prompts WTA ban on events in China
04 December 2021 | 7:34 pm
The governing body of women's tennis took the decision after Peng made an allegation of sexual abuse against a Chinese official. WTA chairman Steve Simon said he worried about player safety at tournaments in China.
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