“Wish I can be a man...,” Qinwen cites periods pain as reason for getting defeated in French Open


China tennis player Zheng Qinwen revealed that her performance against world no. one Iga Swiatek in French Open was deeply affected by her periods cramps.

19-year-old Qinwen was playing her first Roland-Garros. While playing in the last-16 fixture, she marked win in the first set but later lost by 6-7 (5/7), 6-0, 6-2 in the successive sets. 

Qinwen left the court wishing she was a man then she would not have had to suffer through this pain that came in her way of playing her Tennis. 74 ranked in the world took a back massage in between the second the set when she suffered from severe cramps but then had to go to locker to get her right thigh strapped.

“It’s just girl things,” Zheng said in reference to her menstrual pain.

“The first day is always so tough and then I have to do sport and I always have so much pain in the first day. I couldn’t go against my nature. I wish I can be a man so that I don’t have to suffer from this. It’s tough.”

“Zheng played amazing tennis,” Swiatek showered praises on Zheng after reaching the quarter-finals for a third successive year.

“I was surprised with some of her shots, her top spin was amazing. Huge congrats to her. I am happy to come back after a frustrating first set when I had the lead. I am proud to be still in the tournament.”


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