That’s what it takes to falter the Iga Swiatek, and that’s how much it costs to buy a set from it. Qinwen Zheng, who was the winner of this opening round in impressive and tiebreak during a set, physically collapsed at the dawn of the second act. When She resorted to physio, she broke when she pointed her right thigh at him, trailing 3-0. The bandage placed at the level of his adductor did not change anything, he could no longer fight against world number 1, after being scared he advanced to the quarterfinals (6-7 6-0, 6-2).
But the 19-year-old Chinese did whatever it took to interrupt his opponent’s incredible winning streak (now 32 in a row). Spotted in his first rounds and not having much to lose for his first Roland-Garros, he’s already done well in this round of 16, shaking the tournament favourite. It didn’t start well and he finished the first set 5-2, but managed to dodge his opponent’s first three set points. The Poles have had little push and go lately, and this has been strained by the lack of success.
A longer first set than Swiatek’s first two games
His few small gestures of anger against his clan were not misleading, and he found less and less keys in the game, corrupted and in turn left him when his backhand (14 mandatory errors in this sector) did not crack in the trade. Because on the contrary, the rookie bravely played his luck, relying on a hit that resonated in Philippe-Chatrier’s court and perfectly corrected his opponent before finding the fault.
He led Swiatek to the tiebreak where he found himself trailing 5-2. But the Pole did not take advantage of it once again and saw Zheng come back and then offer the first set point (he had five points). Swiatek transformed when he cracked in the backhand after several forehand attacks that were bravely returned by Zheng. An hour and 23 minutes later (more time than his first two rounds here), he lost the first set of the tournament and the worry was real.
He went out in the locker room to clear his mind for a few minutes. On the way back, everything changed, because the Chinese were quickly betrayed by his body. He ate eight games in a row before he was able to react, and was even close to catching an escape at the start of the third set, but the challenge hitting the right thigh was too hard and his movements never recovered. from the start of the match. Swiatek goes to the room where he will find Jessica Pegula. With a fight in the legs, maybe that’s not bad news after flying over everything so easily in recent weeks.