‘I wish I was a man’: Who is Zheng Qinwen, Chinese player whose French Open dream ended after menstrual cramps

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China’s Zheng Qinwen says she wishes she was a man after losing her French Open match due to menstrual cramps

Chinese tennis player Zheng Qinwen recently suffered a 6-7 6-0 6-2 loss to world number 1 Iga Swiatek at the 2022 French Open on Monday. The 19-year-old was hugely disappointing after retiring in the fourth round of French Open after suffering from menstrual camps midway through her match.

Hoping to make a massive upset by earning a first-set victory over the best female tennis player in the world, Qinwen was dejected after withdrawing from the French Open, due to menstrual cramps.

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The Chinese teenager lamented that she was in pain and wished she could be ‘a man on the pitch’.

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“Yeah, the leg was also hard. Compared to the stomach, it was easy… I can’t play tennis, (my) stomach was too sore,” Zheng Qinwen told reporters after his match.

She added: “It’s just girl stuff, you know. The first day is always so hard and then I have to work out and I’m always in so much pain on the first day. And I couldn’t go against my nature. I wish I could be a man on the court, but I can’t at this time… I really wish I could be (a) man (so) that I don’t have to suffer from this.

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Born in Wuhan, China, the 19-year-old has won 8 ITF Tour Finals singles titles, while she also has five ITF Junior Tour titles to her name. Having a world ranking of 70 at present, Qinwen has been extremely impressive from a young age.

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She made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open earlier this year, and from there there was no looking back.

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The teenage sensation said she loved the experience of playing against the world No. 1 even though she couldn’t play to her full intensity because of the menstrual camps.

“If I talk about today, I’m happy with my performance (on) this race. And playing against the world number one, I felt that I really enjoyed (that) on the pitch,” said said Zheng Qinwen.

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