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Roland-Garros: Zheng gets past ailing Halep

Qinwen Zheng defeated Simona Halep 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday afternoon and will face the winner of the next match between Frenchwoman Alize Cornet and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the No 13 seed, in the next round

Qinwen Zheng China’s Qinwen Zheng celebrates winning her second round match against Romania’s Simona Halep (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

China’s Qinwen Zheng reached the third round of Roland-Garros by winning against Romania’s Simona Halep, the No 19 seed, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday.

Halep looked to be in distress on court, seeking medical attention, and revealed in her press conference later that she had suffered from a panic attack.

“I didn’t know how to handle it, because I don’t have it often,” she told journalists. “Yeah, I don’t really know why it happened, because I was leading the match. I was playing well.

“But just happened, and as I said, I lost it. I couldn’t focus. After the match, was pretty tough. But now I’m good. I’m recovered, and I will learn from this episode.”

Zheng, ranked No 74, will play the winner of the next match between Frenchwoman Alize Cornet and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, the No 13 seed, next.

In the first round, the 19-year-old Chinese defeated Belgian Maryna Zanevska (6-3, 6-1), while former champion Halep needed three sets to beat German lucky loser Nastasja Schunk (6-4, 1-6, 6-1).

Paris (Grand Slam): Other second-round results (Stade Roland-Garros, clay, EUR 43.600.000, most recent results first):

  • Aryna Sabalenka (7) beat Madison Brengle: 6-1, 6-3
  • Iga Swiatek (1) beat Alison Riske: 6-0, 6-2
  • Camila Giorgi (28) beat Yulia Putintseva: 6-3, 7-5
  • Madison Keys (22) beat Caroline Garcia: 6-4, 7-6 [3]
  • Elena Rybakina (16) beat Katie Volynets (WC): 6-4, 6-0
  • Danka Kovinic beat Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova: 6-3, 7-5
  • Daria Kasatkina (20) beat Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Q): 6-0, 6-3
  • Veronika Kudermetova (29) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Q): 6-3, 6-3
  • Paula Badosa (3) beat Kaja Juvan: 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
  • Leolia Jeanjean (WC) beat Karolina Pliskova (8): 6-2, 6-2
  • Irina-Camelia Begu beat Ekaterina Alexandrova (30): 6-7 [3], 6-3, 6-4
  • Jessica Pegula (11) beat Anhelina Kalinina: 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
  • Diane Parry beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano: 6-3, 6-3
  • Daria Saville (WC) beat Petra Kvitova (32): 6-4, 6-2
  • Martina Trevisan beat Magda Linette: 6-3, 6-2
  • Belinda Bencic (14) beat Bianca Andreescu: 6-2, 6-4
  • Varvara Gracheva beat Ajla Tomljanovic: 6-4, 6-7 [5], 7-5
  • Sloane Stephens beat Sorana Cirstea (26): 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
  • Leylah Fernandez (17) beat Katerina Siniakova: 6-3, 6-2
  • Kaia Kanepi beat Beatriz Haddad Maia: 6-4, 6-4
  • Elise Mertens beat Marie Bouzkova
  • Cori Coco Gauff (18) beat Alison Van Uytvanck: 6-1, 7-6 [4]
  • Amanda Anisimova (27) beat Donna Vekic (Q): 6-4, 6-1
  • Karolina Muchova beat Maria Sakkari (4): 7-6 [5], 7-6 [4]
  • Angelique Kerber (21) beat Elsa Jacquemot (WC): 6-1, 7-6 [2]
  • Jil Teichmann (23) beat Olga Danilovic (Q): 6-4, 6-1
  • Victoria Azarenka (15) beat Andrea Petkovic: 6-1, 7-6 [3]
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Emma Raducanu (12): 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
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