Peng Shuai has denied she ever claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a high-ranking Chinese politician.
In November, Shuai posted to her official verified Weibo account accusing former Chinese Vice Primer Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her.
Now, in an interview with a Singapore newspaper, the tennis star has denied ever making the claim.
“First of all, I want to emphasize something that is very important. I have never said that I wrote that anyone sexually assaulted me. I need to emphasize this point very clearly,” Shuai said.
The Women’s Tennis Association have since released a statement in response to the interview, saying they remain concerned about Shuai’s well being and safety.
“As we have consistently stated, these appearances do not alleviate or address the WTA’s significant concerns about her well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion,” the WTA said.