2022 – Zheng Qinwen: menstrual cramps hamper Chinese teenager’s French Open dream, loses to Swiatek

The 19-year-old Zing looked like she had a big upset on the track as she won the first set in the tiebreak before Swiatek took control and racked up a 32 6-7 (5) 6-0 6-2 win in a row.

Cheng said she did not feel any pain during the first set, but took a medical time in the second set when trailing 3-0 and rubbed her back on the court before heading to the dressing room and returning with her right thigh tied.

“Yes, the leg was also stiff. That was easy compared to my stomach… I can’t play tennis, my stomach was very sore,” Cheng, ranked No. 74 in the world, told reporters.

“It’s just girl stuff, you know. The first day is always really hard and then I have to work out and I’m always so sore the first day. And I couldn’t go against my nature.

“I wish I was a man on the court, but I can’t at the moment… I really wish I was a man (so) I don’t have to suffer.”

Cheng, who made her grand slam debut at this year’s Australian Open, said she did her best to compete but is happy to have entered week two.

“If I don’t talk about today, I am happy with my performance (in) this race. And playing against the world number one I felt I really enjoyed her on the court.”

“If I didn’t have (pain) in my stomach, I could have fun more, run better and hit harder, and push myself harder on the field. It’s a pity that I couldn’t give what I wanted to give today.”

“I just want to be in good shape the next time I play.”