Former world primary Simona Halep crashed out within the second spherical of the French Open on Thursday as she didn’t discover a well past the aggressive sport of Chinese language teenager Zheng Qinwen and fell to a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 loss.
Halep, who lifted the trophy at Roland Garros in 2018 earlier than successful Wimbledon the next yr, got here into the competition on Court docket Simonne Mathieu having gained her solely prior assembly towards the 19-year-old Zheng in straight units in Melbourne in January.
The 30-year-old Romanian obtained off to a flying begin by dominating play from the baseline, breezing via the opening set and going up a break earlier than Zheng, ranked 74th on this planet, took management.
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Winners began flowing from the Chinese language participant’s racket because the unforced errors depend began hovering for Halep and Zheng didn’t look again from there on.
Zheng, who hit 28 winners to her opponent’s 9, gained eight video games in a row to go up 3-0 within the deciding third set and Halep gained only one extra sport within the match.
“I’ve been working actually onerous, and it was very nice, that was my finest efficiency. I’m blissful right this moment,” Zheng mentioned in an interview on court docket.
The Romanian additionally appeared to battle along with her respiration in the course of the third set and had her pulse and blood stress checked on court docket.
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Zheng, enjoying solely her second main after making her Grand Slam debut on the Australian Open, will meet the winner of the match between native hope Alize Cornet and former champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia within the third spherical.
On one other day of upsets for the seeded gamers within the ladies’s draw, American Shelby Rogers despatched compatriot and Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins packing with the ninth seed dropping 6-4, 6-3.
Native wildcard Leolia Jeanjean earlier swept away former world primary and eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in straight units.