World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty speaks on Peng Shuai case

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World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty speaks on Peng Shuai case

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty revealed she has been coaching her little niece and her friends during every weekend while in Australia. Barty, who captured her maiden Wimbledon title this past July, enjoys coaching little girls because she sees how much it means to them.

“I’ve still been training every day but have managed to have quality time with family and friends,” Barty related, per Tennis Australia. “I’ve been coaching my niece Lucy and a few of her friends every weekend which has been fun, seeing the smiles on their little faces when they play is what the sport is all about."

Barty hoping Peng Shuai is safe

Former doubles world No.

1 Peng went missing in China a month ago. Barty joined Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams in wishing that Peng is found safe and well. “We are all thinking of Peng Shuai and hoping she is okay,” Barty commented. ”Peng Shuai is part of the tennis family, she has been on the tour for a long time and is someone we all know and respect.

The most important thing right now is that she is safe”. On Wednesday the WTA announced a major move as they suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year. The WTA reacted after failing to get a verifiable proof that Peng was safe.

"I very much regret it has come to this point. The tennis communities in China and Hong Kong are full of great people with whom we have worked for many years. They should be proud of their achievements, hospitality and success.

However, unless China takes the steps we have asked for, we cannot put our players and staff at risk by holding events in China. China’s leaders have left the WTA with no choice. I remain hopeful that our pleas will be heard and the Chinese authorities will take steps to legitimately address this issue," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.