Zheng draws on Li Na's title for motivation
Roland-Garros 2018 champion Simona Halep made mention of the barrage she weathered against Chinese qualifier Zheng Qinwen en route to her 23rd career title at the season-opening Melbourne Summer Set.
So the former world No.1 knew exactly what to expect when the pair crossed paths again in Paris.
The 19-year-old Zheng, who cited Li Na’s run to the title in 2011 as her inspiration, was contesting just her second major, but showed composure beyond her years to send Halep packing.
The world No.74’s 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 result in just under two hours was her first top-20 victory and came on the back of 27 winners.
The teenager went on to reach the fourth round at a major for the first time and gave top seed Iga Swiatek an almighty fright, becoming the first player in 10 matches to take a set off her before falling 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2.