The WTA, which governs women’s tennis, finally broke its silence on Sunday about Chinese player Peng Shuai who has reportedly been missing for the last 10 days after making allegations of sexual abuse against a senior politician.

In a statement the WTA called for the allegations to be “investigated fully, fairly, transparently and without censorship”.

Peng, 35, a doubles champion at Wimbledon and the French Open, has been erased from Chinese internet and social media sites since accusing former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of rape on her Weibo account – the equivalent of Twitter.

It is the first time that the #MeToo movement has reached the highest echelons of the ruling Communist Party.

“The recent events in China concerning a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are of deep concern,” said WTA chairman Steve Simon in a statement released Sunday. “As an organization dedicated to women, we remain committed to the principles we were founded on – equality, opportunity and respect.

“Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of…

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