WTA expresses doubt over email received from missing Peng Shuai
The head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has cast doubt on an email released by Chinese state media attributed to tennis player Peng Shuai.
Ms Peng - a former number one-ranked tennis doubles player - had not been heard from since posting an allegation about former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Chinese social media site Weibo in early November.
In the email, Ms Peng purportedly says the allegations are "not true". Steve Simon, chairman of the WTA, said the message "only raises" his concerns about Ms Peng's safety.
"I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her," he said in a statement.
Written in her voice and published by the broadcaster CGTN, the email claims she is not missing or unsafe, adding: "I've just been resting at home and everything is fine." Many responding on social media have cast doubt on its authenticity.