Chinese shooting range worker arrested over death of WTA player Peng Shuai

Tennis supervisor Gabrielle Tugwell has threatened to quit the WTA unless she is able to investigate the shooting death of her star player, Peng Shuai, in China, according to reports.

Police said Friday they had arrested a 23-year-old employee of a local shooting range on suspicion of killing the world No15. Chinese authorities have so far kept quiet about the incident, saying only that the killing happened late Thursday at the Tianjin Shooting Centre.

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According to news site cnhina.com, Tugwell has not been allowed to see the body of Peng, a former world No21, who was on a guest visit to the shooting centre. The site quoted an unnamed “well-informed” source, who said Tugwell would not return to China unless she received access to the body.

Tugwell has taken the position as chairman of the WTA for just over a year. She worked as Peng’s coach for several years before leaving her to pursue a coaching role with another player.

Peng was also the first female to be ranked No21 in the world for more than a decade.

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