Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai is in the spotlight after concerns were raised over her whereabouts since she made assault accusations against a high-ranking Chinese government official. The increased media attention is making fans and readers curious to know more about her family and parents.
Top Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai spoke to IOC president Thomas Bach on Sunday (21 November) via video call. In the call, Peng said she was “safe and well, living at her home in Beijing” and “would like to have her privacy respected”, according to the IOC’s statement.
USA Today also reports she was seen in public on Sunday at the China Open youth tournament in Beijing after worldwide appeals regarding her safety.
The Wimbledon doubles champion had accused Zhang Gaoli, China’s former vice-premier, of sexual assault in a since-deleted online post on Chinese platform Weibo.
With so much attention surrounding her, the public are eager to find out more about her personal life and family.
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Who are Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s parents and family?
The 35-year-old Olympian was born 8 January 1986 in Xiangtan, Hunan, to parents Peng Jijun and Zhang Bing.
Jijun was a police officer, while Peng’s uncle was a prominent tennis coach. He introduced her to the sport when she was eight but a professional career seemed unlikely four years later when doctors told her she required surgery to repair a heart defect.
Her parents didn’t want her to go through with the procedure but, even aged 12, Peng deemed it necessary in her quest to become an athlete. After a year out, she resumed tennis and took home $10,000 after winning a tournament.
Tennis community rallies behind player
Peng’s 1,500-character post was only on Weibo for 20 minutes before it was deleted. In the post, the tennis player made numerous accusations but ESPN reports she was unable to provide evidence.
After the post was taken down no-one heard from Peng Shuai for a few weeks. Fans and fellow tennis pros showed support for the athlete, including Serena Williams and Andy Murray.
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