With the support of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA), international table tennis action is back after several months of activity suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's funny. Both of us had a tough week in Hambug, tough final. Then both of us was down in the first round with two sets to love. Both of us come back. Now we are here and we're going to play each other in quarters. It's like a nice press story of the match," Rublev said about his quarterfinals match against Tsitsipas.
Esteghlal had been linked with former Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri but they failed to reach an agreement with the German-Iranian coach due to financial disagreements.
"I don't know what happened actually, I felt like I was playing perfectly, I was so focused the whole match, even I am surprised that I can do that," said the 54th-ranked Swiatek, who fired 30 winners and won 81 percent of her first-serve to wrap up the victory.
Dongguan started the last quarter with Shen bagging five straight points, followed by Zhang Dongxia's shot from the 3-pointer zone. Powered by Dilana and Shen, Dongguan built an eight-point lead with 1:39 on the clock, and their win was assured by Wang Zhen's three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining.
The 2014 world champion has been hit with full vigour by the unpleasant effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dongguan scored 10 points in a row early in the first quarter, before Zhejiang responded with the same scoring run through consecutive layups and foul shots, leading 20-17 at the end of the quarter.
"We haven't played for a long time. We played a bit tight today, but took our chance at last," said Shanxi coach Li Ge.
"They're the best team in the league, and proved it today," said Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca. Enditem
"After a tight first half, we did well on defense and rebounds in the second half," Xinjiang coach Gao Fengjuan explained.
On the men's side, 12-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal continued his run after dropping only four games to complete a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 win over American youngster Sebastian Korda, son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr Korda. Enditem