French Open | Wish I can be a man, says Zheng Qinwen after menstrual cramps end her Roland Garros dream

Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen suffered from menstrual cramps when she lost to Poland’s Iga Swiatek in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday after taking a set against the world’s number one.

I wish I could be a man: Zheng Qinwen after menstrual cramps ended her Roland Garros dream (Reuters photo)

I wish I could be a man: Zheng Qinwen after menstrual cramps ended her Roland Garros dream (Reuters photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I wish I could be a man: Zheng Qinwen after menstrual cramps ended her Roland Garros dream
  • Zheng said she was in no pain in the opening set but took a medical timeout trailing 3-0
  • Zheng also said she tried her best to compete

China’s Zheng Qinwen wished she were a man after severe stomach cramps her hopes of completing a shocking win at the French Open against World No. 1 Iga Swiatek on Monday screwed up. Zheng said she was in no pain in the opening set but took a medical timeout trailing 3-0 in the second, having her back massaged on the court before going to the locker room and returning with her right thigh strapped .

Zheng, 19, looked on track for a big surprise as she claimed the opener in a tiebreak before Swiatek took control and won 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 for her 32nd straight win.

“Yes, the leg was also heavy. That compared to the stomach was easy…I can’t play tennis, (my) stomach was too sore,” Zheng, the world’s 74th, told reporters.

“It’s just girl stuff, you know. The first day is always so hard and then I have to exercise and I always have so much pain on the first day. And I couldn’t go against my nature.”

“I wish I could be a man in court, but I can’t at the moment… I really wish I could be (a) man (so) that I don’t have to suffer from this.”

Zheng, who made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open this year, said she had tried her best to compete but was happy to have made it through to the second week.

“If I’m not talking about today, I’m happy with my performance (on) this run. And to play against the number one in the world, I felt I was really enjoying it on the pitch,” she added.

“If I don’t have my stomach (pain), I think I could enjoy more, like run better and hit harder, put in more effort on the track. It’s a shame I couldn’t give what I want to give today.

“I just want (so that) the next time I play against her, I’m (in) perfect shape.”

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