Roland Garros news: Iga Swiatek survives scare to continue winning streak at French Open

Iga Swiatek dropped her first set in over a month as she came from behind to beat China’s Zheng Qinwen and seal her place in the French Open quarter-final.

The current world number one had to overcome her toughest test in weeks as 19-year-old Zheng produced a sensational performance on Court Philippe-Chatrier. 

The Chinese teenager saved five set points and came back from 5-2 down in the opening set to force a tiebreak. Zheng then produced another fightback as she came back from 5-2 down in the tiebreak to take the lead.

The opening set lasted a gruelling 82 minutes, and Zheng's incredible effort appeared to leave her gassed for the remainder of the contest.

Swiatek went on to win eight consecutive games and fought off a late Zheng challenge in the third set to complete a 6-7 6-0 6-2 win.

The Pole last lost a set in the semi-final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart against Lidumila Samsonova.

Looking back at her latest win - her 32nd in the ongoing winning streak - Swiatek praised her opponent, saying: "She's playing amazing tennis, I've never had chance to play her before and I was surprised by some of her shots.

"Huge congrats to her. I'm pretty happy I could come back from a frustrating first set and I'm proud of myself that I'm still in the tournament.

"The quarter-final is such a stressful round so hopefully I can loosen up."

Longest winning streaks in WTA since 2000

Venus Williams - 35

Serena Williams - 34

Justine Henin - 32

Iga Swiatek - 32

Victoria Azarenka - 26

Swiatek's latest victory puts her level with Justine Henin on the list of longest winning streaks in women's tennis since the turn of the century.

The 20-year-old would need to go all the way at Roland Garros in order to go level with current leader Venus Williams.

Next up for the defending French Open champion is a clash with American Jessica Pegula.

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