French Open: Simona Halep panics during loss as Iga Swiatek through to third round | tennis news

Simona Halep's elimination in the second round is the earliest she has been eliminated from the French Open since 2015.

Simona Halep’s elimination in the second round is the earliest she has been eliminated from the French Open since 2015.

Simona Halep suffered a panic attack when she lost in the second round of the French Open while world number one Iga Swiatek reached the third round.

Halep, the 2018 French Open champion, went a set and a break against Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen but then had trouble breathing and called the doctor.

Zheng took 11 of the last 12 games to turn the match around and win 2-6 6-2 6-1.

Halep later said: “I probably put too much pressure on myself, because I really wanted to do well. I was a bit panicked during [the match] thinking, thinking too much.

“I didn’t know how to handle it, because I don’t get it often. I don’t really know why it happened, because I was leading the game. I was playing good, but it happened and I lost it.” I couldn’t concentrate.”

“After the match it was quite hard. But now I’m fine. I’m recovered and I’ll learn from this episode.”

Iga Swiatek has won 30 matches in a row and has now won 15 sets 6-0 in 2022

Iga Swiatek has won 30 matches in a row and has now won 15 sets 6-0 in 2022

Swiatek, meanwhile, needed just 61 minutes to beat Alison Riske and advance to the third round.

The 6-0, 6-2 win extends Swiatek’s winning streak to 30 matches and continues to highlight why so many are predicting she will win a second French Open title this year.

Since replacing Ash Barty as the world No.1, Swiatek has taken her tennis to a new level and against Riske, the 2020 French Open champion, she dominated every facet of the match.

Swiatek hit 23 game winners to just six from Riske and converted five of the nine break points he created.

“I’m pretty happy,” Swiatek said on court afterward.

“I’m happy to be playing really solid tennis and I think this is my first singles match on the Suzanne-Lenglen court so it was a pleasure to play here and thank you.” [to the fans] for cheering

Swiatek entered the court extremely focused and flew off the blocks. He won the first nine games before Riske came on the board, and even that game went wrong.

“It’s been something I’ve been working on since I started,” Swiatek said of his approach early in games.

“Being focused and wanting to put pressure on my opponent is really helpful as it means I have the initiative early on and can really lead on the pitch.

“It’s not that easy before every game because you have to cheer yourself up and be in the zone, but I’m getting better and better.”

Swiatek will now have a day off before taking on World No. 95 Danka Kovinic in the third round on Saturday.

Swiatek is the first player to win 13 straight matches as the WTA world number one since Serena Williams in 2015.

Swiatek is the first player to win 13 straight matches as the WTA world number one since Serena Williams in 2015.

Pliskova surprised by wild card and out of the French Open

Karolina Pliskova is out after a straight set loss to Leolia Jeanjean

Karolina Pliskova is out after a straight set loss to Leolia Jeanjean

Karolina Pliskova, the eighth seed, was eliminated from the French Open by wild card Leolia Jeanjean, who is playing her first Grand Slam and had been out of tennis for five years due to injury.

Jeanjean, ranked No. 227 in the world, beat last year’s Wimbledon runner-up 6-2, 6-2 at the start of day five on Court Simonne-Mathieu.

By recording her victory, Jeanjean became the lowest-ranked woman to win a match against a top 10 player at the French Open since Conchita Martinez beat Lori McNeil in 1988.

It is a remarkable achievement for a player who was a talented youngster, but left tennis for almost five years after suffering a serious knee injury.

Pliskova was only the second top 100 opponent Jeanjean faced in her career.

“I really don’t know what to say because what’s happening right now is something I never imagined before,” Jeanjean said.

“You know, when I stopped playing for four or five years, I never told myself that I would be in the third round of a Grand Slam.

“I don’t have an explanation. I don’t even realize what’s going on. I know I’m 26 years old. It’s my first Grand Slam. I thought I’d lose in the first round in straight sets, and now I found myself beating a top player- 10.

“I really don’t know how it’s possible, what’s going on. I’m just trying to do my best to play my tennis, and so far it’s working.”

“When I stopped playing when I was young, I just wanted to give myself another chance, because in my head I was good when I was like 14, 15 years old, so I was like, ‘Why can’t I be good 10 years later?’

“So for that, yes, I took a chance, and so far it’s working.”

Jeanjean will play Irina-Camelia Begu, who eliminated 30th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova, in the third round.

Badosa and Pegula work hard to progress

Paula Badosa hit 35 game winners and two aces en route to victory

Paula Badosa hit 35 game winners and two aces en route to victory

Following Pliskova’s departure, Paula Badosa became the first of the 10 seeds to reach the third round after a three-set 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Kaja Juvan.

Badosa, the third seed, dropped a break to open the third set before regrouping. He then clinched four games in a row to secure the victory. Next, she will face World No.29 Veronika Kudermetova.

Jessica Pegula also needed three sets and no fewer than 10 match points to get past Anhelina Kalinina on Court 7. The duo spent two hours and 26 minutes on the court before the No. 11 American won 6-1, 5-7. , 6-4.

Pegula led 6-1, 5-1 when he missed his first three match points while serving 5-2 up. Kalinina then won seven straight games to take a 1-0 lead in the third set.

The 11th seed rallied once again to take a 4-1 lead, before having to weather another comeback.

Pegula will face Tamara Zidansek in the third round. Zidansek progressed after having a walkover in the second round due to Mayar Sherif retiring with a broken foot.

Elena Rybakina booked her place in the third round for the second year in a row after a 6-4, 6-0 win over Katie Volynets. Madison Keys also progressed after beating Caroline Garcia 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

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