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Tennis star Serena Williams tweeted on Thursday that she was “devastated and shocked” to learn of the disappearance of Chinese player Peng Shuai, who has since leveled sexual assault allegations against a powerful Chinese politician.

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Williams, 40, said “I hope she is safe and found soon”.

She said Peng’s disappearance “should be investigated” and urged her followers not to remain silent.

Williams is the latest domestic player to join a growing number of tennis stars, including Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic and Chris Evert, to question Peng’s whereabouts.

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