"This is the first event at such a high level since the training session, after having trained so long, I think all the athletes will be ready to perform their best at the event," said Xie, the 200m Asian record holder.
"I haven't had such results in quite a long time, so I'm very excited for it. Today, it's a loss, but it doesn't change for me much. Of course I would have loved to win today. It is what it is," Azarenka said.
Hoffenheim gained a foothold into the clash as the clock ticked after Emin Bickakic and Dennis Geiger came close at the half-hour mark.
Tuesday's stage winner Sam Bennett, who originally finished third, was promoted to second after Peter Sagan was relegated to last and punished for 13 sprint points for swerving from his line and blocking the late surge of Wout van Aert.
The 37-year-old played an important role in the country's first-ever qualification to the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006 and subsequently in the 2010 and 2014 editions in South Africa and Brazil respectively. Enditem
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Henan Jianye lost to Shenzhen Jiazhaoye 3-1 in the 11th round of Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Monday, suffering a four-match losing streak.
At the wrong end of the table, Elche, who did well to earn promotion through the play-offs, will expect to suffer, especially after replacing the popular coach Pacheta with Jorge Almiron, who has never coached in Europe.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we will have a great Asian Games - one of the finest we have had," he said.
Granada ended last season with a 4-0 win at home to Athletic Club to qualify for Europe for the first time in the club's history and fate has decided that the same two sides will meet again in the Los Carmines Stadium to open the new campaign. The kick-off was changed from Friday to Saturday late on Wednesday night, which should allow another 24 hours for players such as Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berchiche and Inaki Williams more time to reach match fitness after picking up injuries and Covid-19 in pre-season. However, Athletic will no doubt be worried by the naming of Mateu Lahoz as matchday referee. Lahoz has refereed Athletic 34 times in La Liga and the Basque side have won just six of those matches, drawn seven and lost 21- numbers hard to explain for a side that is usually in the top half of the table. Enditem
The world volleyball governing body FIVB released the schedule of the VNL 2021 early this month, and Brazil will start their campaign at home by hosting the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic in Cuiaba before the second week in Brasilia, and they will conclude the final week in Seoul, South Korea after travels to China and Poland.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes has been named head coach of Bahia, the Brazilian Serie A club said on Wednesday.