"Seven is my favorite number, so I guess it's meant to be," Azarenka said, joking about the gap between major final appearances. "I'm very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day."
"Hopefully I can enrich myself through studies here," Zhu said. "I can't wait to experience university culture. It is a brand-new experience for me."
AFC said the request for a postponement of the Group matches cannot be accommodated because of the advanced preparations in which many teams have already traveled to Qatar for the competition, to be restarted on Sept. 14. Enditem
Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the French Open finals in 2018 and 2019.
After the Sunday's game, Suning sit second with 19 points, while R&F rank third to the bottom with 11. Enditem
When asked about the academic challenges in the future, Zhu said she would grasp the nettle and strive to achieve academic goals without affecting her training.
Sunday kicks off with Alaves starting their centenary season at home to Betis in another game which had its kick-off changed late on Wednesday night. The match was due to start at 9 pm on Monday but has been brought forward to 14:00 on Sunday in a move which will have ruined the final preparations of coaches Pablo Machin and Manuel Pellegrini, both of whom are debuting with their respective clubs.
Elsewhere, in a match-up of Fortuna Liga's worst teams, Michalovce and Trencin split the points after a 1-1 draw. Nitra beat Pohronie 3-1, Sered edged Zilina 3-2 and Moravce had a goalless draw with Senica. Enditem
Real Sociedad are another side affected by COVID-19 in the run into the new campaign, with striker Willian Jose testing positive on Wednesday to become the third player at the club, (along with new signing, David Silva and Spain international Mikel Oyarzabal) to be affected by the virus. Adnan Januzaj will also miss out through injury leaving Alexander Isak to lead the visitors' attack, which for the moment looks weaker than last season.
In the second set, Siegemund/Zvonareva broke the first service game of their opponents to take an early 2-0 lead. After that, they never looked back. Enditem
In the 28th minute, Harold Preciado's header was saved by Jianye's goalkeeper Wang Guoming, but Gao Lin knocked on the rebound to extend the lead to 3-0.