KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - WTA players made the most of their time away from the courts of the Alya WTA Malaysian Open on Tuesday, paying a visit to Permata Kurnia, a learning centre for autistic children aged 4-7.
Australian buddies Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, who have teamed up in the doubles draw in Kuala Lumpur, were joined by wildcard Zheng Saisai and Malaysian player Theiviya Selvarajoo at the learning centre. Barty, who made the third round of the Australian Open in January after a recent hiatus from the sport, qualified for the singles main draw in Kuala Lumpur as well.
Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, serves as the patron of Permata Kurnia, where the motto reads: 'Autism is Not a Tragedy, Ignorance Is.'
Accompanied by representatives from the Prime Minister's office, the players chatted to the children and joined them for an impromptu music session - Barty strumming on the guitar and Zheng on the tambourine.
All photos: © Alya WTA Malaysian Open
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