Tennis-Swiatek survives Zheng scare to reach Cincinnati quarter-finals

(Reuters) - Iga Swiatek used an outfit change to help her reset after a poor start

beat China's Zheng Qinwen 3-6 6-1 6-1 on Thursday and set up a Cincinnati Open quarter-final clash with Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova.

Swiatek, who dropped a single game in her previous match at the U.S.

Open tune-up event, needed time to work out Zheng but once she did she immediately looked more like the player who has occupied top spot in the world rankings since April 2022.

"Honestly, it's because of my coach," Swiatek said about her outfit change.

"I thought this was a bad (idea) but I tried this time and it worked, so thank you coach."

Awaiting Swiatek in the next round will be Vondrousova, who converted four of five break points during a 7-5 6-3 victory over Sloane Stephens.

Greek eighth seed Maria Sakkari also advanced with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 win over Czech Karolina Muchova.

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