Sports Surprise at Table Tennis World Championship: Wunderkind Out
IOC call with Chinese tennis star Peng raises more questions
A video call between the head of the International Olympic Committee and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose nearly three-week disappearance from public view sparked an outcry, was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions. Concern grew in the last week for the former No. 1-ranked doubles player — who hadn't been seen since accusing a senior Chinese official of sexual assault on Nov. 2. Tennis stars and fans alike demanded to know #WhereIsPengShuai, and the head of the Women’s Tennis Association threatened to pull lucrative events from China.
At the Table Tennis World Championships in Houston, the first big surprises gave it at night.
The number two Japanese Tomokazu Harimoto launched in the second round in 3: 4 sentences against the longtime Bundesliga Profi Jakub Dyjas. The 26-year-old Pole played from 2013 to 2020 for the TTC Schwalbe Bergneustadt, Fortuna Passau and TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen.
also the Swede Mattias Falck, who still reached the final at the World Cup two years ago in Budapest, has already failed early. The Bundesliga player from Werder Bremen lost 3: 4 against the French Alexandre Cassin.
The 18-year-old "Wunderkind" Harimoto and the World Ranking Tenth Falck were both launched in this World Cup in the tournament half of the German European Championship Timo Boll and now fall away as a potential quarter and semi-final opponents. The 40-year-old Boll won against Zhou Qihao at the beginning of 4: 1 and could now meet again in the final on the next Chinese.
Shocked tennis star Osaka posts: Where is Peng Shuai? .
BEIJING (AP) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka says she's been shocked to hear about a fellow player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China. The Japanese former No. 1-ranked, four-time major winner posted on social media on Wednesday to join those asking: where is Peng Shuai? In a Twitter post — under the hashtag WhereIsPengShuai — Osaka wrote: “Not sure if you’ve been following the news but I was recently informed of a fellow tennis player that has gone missing shortly after revealing that she has been sexually abused. Censorship is never ok at any cost.