Attracting around 300 swimmers, the 2020 championships are being held from September 26 to October 2 in Qingdao.
The top 16 world-ranked male and top 16 world-ranked female players will fight for glory at the ITTF Finals, with a cap of four players for each association.
In the day's earlier fixture, Spezia registered their first Serie A win, as the newly-promoted side stunned Udinese 2-0. Enditem
Messi was the center of attention at the start of the game after his attempt to leave the club over the summer and Friday's criticism of the decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, but Fati was the hero of the game, scoring in the 15th and 19th minute and then winning a penalty to allow Messi to add a third in a thrilling first half performance.
Shijiazhuang will go to the Dalian division, where the relegation competition is held. Their first opponent is the Dalian Pro, coached by Spaniard Rafael Benitez. Enditem
"The point is to score goals, not hit the crossbar or post. It sometimes happens to us as well. We can do much better, especially on the goals we conceded," commented the Portuguese after the final whistle.
There was controversy before the race had even started, as it emerged that Hamilton was under investigation for making two practise starts outside the permitted area of the pit lane on his way to the starting grid.
Pliskova wasted eight set points in the opener but recovered quickly in the following two sets, serving out the contest on Court Philippe-Chatrier after two hours and 15 minutes.
In the women's elite race, former world half-marathon record holder and winner of the 2019 New York Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei will spearhead the event.
Last season's WCBA league saw an earlier conclusion than originally scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Thursday's first round matches ended a nine-month WCBA drought.
The prestigious table tennis event will head to the African continent for the first time since Cairo, Egypt in 1939.