Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka hasn't heard any news about Peng Shuai and she is not sure if that's concerning or not. Osaka, a former world No. 1, was one of the first players to come out and publicly demand answers on Peng after the Chinese went missing in China.
After accusing a former Chinese vice premier of sexual assault, Peng went missing in China. Videos emerged of Peng attending public events in China but it wasn't enough for the WTA as they decided to suspend all tournaments scheduled to take place in China this year.
"I haven’t heard any news," Osaka said, per Eurosport. "So I’m not sure if that’s concerning or not. The WTA handled it really well and I'm really proud of them, and I think it’s a situation where we need more information, which is really hard."
Osaka wants to have fun on the court
On Monday, Osaka made a winning start to her Australian Open campaign. Osaka, the defending Australian Open champion, saw off Camila Osorio 6-3 6-3. "I’ve been weighed down too much trying to prove myself," Osaka added.
"I just want to have fun first of all. I can’t expect myself to win every match, but I do expect myself to have fun and challenge myself. “I just feel like there are situations where I previously would get upset but at this point in my life I’m here because I want to be here and because I find that it’s fun for me.
I think just to be playing on Rod Laver and to have such a good streak on it is something I could be proud of and something I enjoy. "I felt like I wanted to come back to play tennis. Usually it feels automatic but I came back when I wanted to come back."