Tennis association ‘deeply concerned’ about racial slur against Serena Williams’ opponent

The Women’s Tennis Association says it is “deeply concerned” about the circumstances surrounding China’s Peng Shuai, who was ejected from the U.S. Open early this month after complaining that she had been coerced into making racist remarks about Serena Williams. In a statement, the association expressed its “disappointment” that the complaint had not resulted in disciplinary action.

Peng, who has been playing in New York this week, had been playing Peng Shuai of China in a match the same day that Serena Williams, who is Chinese, won her match in the semifinals. Peng was already losing the match when she was urged to keep playing, and after winning the first set was suddenly withdrawn.

In comments broadcast on Chinese television, Peng blamed her abrupt withdrawal on her fellow Chinese player, saying that he had forced her to play when she had a sore ankle. After the match, Peng went to a news conference and told reporters that Serena had spoken to her in Chinese and asked her if she thought that race could be a reason for “such a bad beating.” As the All England Club was conducting an investigation of the matter, Peng, an alternate at Wimbledon this year, was reported to have been accompanied to the airport by a police escort.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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