2022 – Iga Swiatek escaped Cheng Chenwen’s scare at the French Open to keep the race going | French Open 2022

Embracing pressure that could have easily consumed her, Iga Swiatek faced her first major test at the much-favoured French Open, coming back from a set to defeat Zheng Qinwen 6-7 (fifth place). , 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Swiatek extended her run to 32 consecutive wins, tying Justin Henin for the third longest running streak of the 21st century. I have now reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in each of the past three years.

During the brutal opening set of 87 minutes, 19-year-old Cheng defeated the world number one. However, trying to stay in just one set with the world’s best player physically drained Cheng and took medical time off her leg early in the second set. Meanwhile, Swiatek responded to the lost group by simply raising her level and playing clean to the finish.

“She plays great tennis,” Swiatek said afterwards. “I’ve never had a chance to play against them, so I was surprised by some of their shots. Because her top spin is really amazing. Congratulations.”

Swiatek next meets Jessica Pegola, seeded 11th and the second tallest player in the tournament behind her. Pegula recovered from his serve to defeat Irina-Camelia Peugeot 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Ega Swiatek hailed Zheng Chenwen’s “amazing tennis” after she ceded the first set against the 19-year-old. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

“It’s a tough tournament, a Grand Slam. Still a good result. I’m very happy to be able to come back after a very disappointing set when I was on top,” Swiatek said.

Former top 10 player Daria Kasatkina returned to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2018 with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Camila Giorgi. This may indicate that Russian players are making the most of the French Open because they cannot play at Wimbledon. She now meets neutral player Veronika Kudretova, who defeated Madison Keys 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.