Halep, who received her first main title at Roland Garros in 2018, appeared answerable for Thursday’s recreation when she received the primary set and went a break up firstly of the second.
However teenager Zheng recovered to take the second set and set up an early lead within the third.
Halep, who struggling together with her respiratory, referred to as on the coach twice within the closing set as she went on to lose 6-2 2-6 1-6.
Forward of the French Open, Halep advised Muricas News that she had come near retiring from tennis final 12 months as she recovered from a calf damage and struggled with the continuing affect of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She stated partnering with coach Patrick Mouratoglou earlier this 12 months had “introduced that fireplace again,” however admitted after Thursday’s defeat that the continuing affect of the previous two years remains to be taking its toll.
“I can perceive why it (the panic assault) occurred as a result of I had two robust years with accidents and a variety of stress with the pandemic and stuff,” she stated.
“So in all probability at this time I simply broke down a bit bit. My mind was not very sturdy. However now I am good, and that is why I am smiling.”
Writing on Instagram, Mouratoglou acknowledged after the match that he’s “not doing a ok job” as Halep’s coach and “count on(s) significantly better from myself.”
Halep replied saying she is “prepared for extra.”
The previous world No. 1 earned reward for talking brazenly concerning the panic assault, with Eurosport commentator and former participant Tim Henman saying it was “so courageous and so sincere” of her to debate what occurred.
“She’s been round for a few years, she’s received massive titles and it simply goes to indicate that it might probably occur to anybody,” stated Henman.
Zheng will play within the third spherical of a grand slam for the primary time in her profession when she takes on Alizé Cornet on Saturday.
The world No. 74 might then face Iga Swiatek within the fourth spherical, the 2020 French Open champion who’s on a run of 30 consecutive wins.