Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty offer thoughts on Peng Shuai case

Osaka and Barty were asked about Peng in Melbourne.

by Dzevad Mesic
Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty offer thoughts on Peng Shuai case

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka was one of the first players to publicly speak on the Peng Shuai case. After winning her Australian Open second round match, Peng was asked if she felt the moral duty to speak out or if it was the fact that she shared the locker room with the Chinese.

Peng went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault. “You know, I would say it's a little bit of both. I'm not the type of player that interacts with a lot of players. Not in like a bad way, I just find it really hard to come out of my shell," Osaka said, per Sportskeeda.

"Besides that point, if I see her, I would say hi to her and stuff like that."

Osaka: It would be difficult for me if I was in Peng’s spot

"You know, you don't really -- this is a hard one to describe. I feel like if I was in her position, I would want people to care for me too.

So it's like one of those things. Like I imagine myself in her shoes, and in that way, it's a little bit scary. But you kind of want to lend your voice and you want people to, you know, ask the questions," Osaka added. World No.

1 Barty also offered her thoughts on the Peng case. “Yeah, I think the tennis community has come together. Obviously we're all looking out for her (Peng Shuai's) safety," Barty said. "We all hope that she's well. We hope that she's doing okay.

Hopefully it's not too long until we see her back out here." Barty was asked if she thought something ‘sinister’ happened to Peng. “I’ve got no idea. Without the information, I can't answer that question," Barty asserted. Meanwhile, both Osaka and Barty have been through to the Australian Open third round.

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