Swiatek survives scare against injured Zheng at French Open

By: AFP
Published: 11:38 PM, 30 May, 2022
Swiatek survives scare against injured Zheng at French Open
Caption: Poland's Iga Swiatek celebrates after her women's singles match against China's Zheng Qinwen on day nine of the Roland-Garros Open tennis tournament at the Court Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.
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World number one Iga Swiatek survived a scare at the hands of injured Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen on Monday, dropping the first set in their French Open last-16 clash before going on to make the quarter-finals with a 32nd successive win.

Swiatek prevailed 6-7 (5/7), 6-0, 6-2 to equal the third best winning streak this century set by Justine Henin 14 years ago.

In an 82-minute opening set, 74th-ranked Zheng saved five set points, had two of her own and then clawed her way back from 2/5 down in the tiebreak to stun the top seed.

As the 2020 Roland Garros champion's streak looked in peril, Zheng required a medical timeout at 0-3 in the second set for a leg injury.

Zheng, who had defeated 2018 champion Simona Halep on her way to the fourth round, returned with her right thigh heavily strapped and quickly dropped the second set.

Swiatek carved out a double break in the decider and will face US 11th seed Jessica Pegula for a place in the semi-finals.

French Open results - 4th update

French Open results on Monday, the ninth day of the 2022 tournament at Roland Garros (x denotes seeding; players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of their countries):

Men

4th rd

Casper Ruud (NOR x8) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL x12) 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Holger Rune (DEN) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Andrey Rublev (x7) bt Jannik Sinner (ITA x11) 1-6, 6-4, 2-0 - retired

Women

4th rd

Iga Swiatek (POL x1) bt Zheng Qinwen (CHN) 6-7 (5/7), 6-0, 6-2

Jessica Pegula (USA x11) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Veronika Kudermetova (x29) bt Madison Keys (USA x22) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Daria Kasatkina (x20) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA x28) 6-2, 6-2

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