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French Open: Iga Swiatek, Andrey Rublev survive scares, enter quarters defeating Qinwen Zheng, Jannik Sinner

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World number 1 Iga Swiatek dropped her first set of the tournament against China’s Qinwen Zheng. However, she upped her game in the last two sets to enter the quarter-final of the French Open.

Iga Swiatek celebrates her win against China’s Qinwen Zheng. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Italian Jannik Sinner was forced to retire in the third set
  • Jannik Sinner injured his leg and could barely move
  • World number 1 Iga Swiatek had an off day

World number 7 Andrey Rublev survived a scare against world number 12 Italian Jannik Sinner in the fourth round match of the men’s singles competition in the French Open.

Rublev was drubbed 1-6 in the first game by the 11th seed Italian before clawing back into the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. As things got interesting, the 20-year-old Sinner injured his leg and did not remain in a position to move at all. He was forced to retire from the third set when he was down by 0-2 against the Russian, who is playing under a neutral flag in the tournament.

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The women’s singles category stayed true to the history of the current edition of the tournament, almost giving another scare on Monday, 30 May. World number 1 Iga Swiatek was forced to drop her first set in the competition by Chinese Qinwen Zheng. The 74th ranked international showed incredible power game against Swiatek, who was having an off day.

She held her nerve in the first set, saving 5 set points in the tie-breaker to win the first set of the game, pushing Swiatek on the backfoot. However, a thigh injury forced her to a medical break and she turned with heavy strapping on her right leg that affected her movement and rhythm.

Swiatek, despite not having a good day, took full advantage of that, forcing the 19-year-old into the wide areas of court, before hitting strong winners. She won the second set 6-0 to stamp her authority in the match.

Things got a little complicated when Zheng tried to storm her way back into the game with strong baseline shots that took Swiatek by surprise, but the world number 1 came clutch with a resilient performance. She has now been unbeaten in her last 32 matches.

Speaking after the game the Poland-born said that she was taken by surprise by Zheng’s shots but managed to pull off a win. She further added that she thought this was going to be a tough game and she is lucky that she has remained in the tournament.



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