Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwein has been suffering from menstrual cramps since she lost to Poland’s Iga Suatek in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday after leaving the world number one set.
The 19-year-old Zheng looked for a major setback after claiming the opener in a tiebreak before taking control in a 6-7 (5) 6-0 6-2 win for his 32nd consecutive win.
Zheng said he had no pain during the opening set but took medical time down to 3-0 per second, had his back massaged on the court before going to the locker room and came back with a strap on his right thigh.
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“Yes, Pao was tough. It was easier than the stomach … I can’t play my tennis, (my) stomach hurts a lot, “Zheng, ranked 74th in the world, told reporters.
“It’s just a girl’s thing, you know. The first day is always so hard and then I have to play sports and the first day I always have so much pain. And I could not go against my nature.
“I wish I could be a man in court, but I can’t at that moment … I really wish I could be (a) human (so) so that I don’t have to go through this ordeal.”
Zheng, who made his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open this year, said he did his best to compete but was glad he improved in the second week.
“If I don’t talk about today, I’m happy with my performance on this run. And to play against number one in the world, I felt like I really enjoyed (it) on the court, “he added.
“If I didn’t have a stomach ache, I think I could enjoy it more, preferring to run better and hit harder, put more effort on the court. It’s a pity I didn’t get what I wanted today.
“I just want (so that) the next time I play against him, I’m in (perfect) shape.”
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