Xinhua looks at some of the major talking points ahead of Thursday's opening day of fixtures in CONMEBOL's road to Qatar 2022.
In the men's 1,500m race, world leader Cheruiyot fought off compatriot Kumari Taki in a fierce home straight brawl to take the win in three minutes and 34.31 seconds in front of 2000 spectators that were allowed the entry under COVID-19 control protocols.
"I think we both played really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good, considering she is so young, she has a very bright future," Zhang commented on her opponent.
Wu opened the game with two straight 3-pointers, while Henan's Zhang Lingge answered with two shots from beyond the arc. Wu and Liu combined for 18 points as Shanxi built a 22-17 lead in the first quarter.
The 12th seed poured out his intense emotions on the court, yelling at himself or his coaches after wasting several chances.
The Austrian, and two-time finalist in Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, reached the fourth round in Paris for the five consecutive year.
"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.
Saturday's final game saw Betis bounce back after consecutive defeats with a 2-0 win away to Valencia. Sergio Canales celebrated his return to the Spanish national team squad by opened the scoring following a magnificent piece of control and shot in the 19th minute and Cristian Tello scored Betis' second of the game with 16 minutes left to play to assure they leapfrog Real Sociedad to sleep as leaders. Enditem
Saturday ended with Newcastle United winning 3-1 at home over Burnley thanks to an excellent display from winger Allan Saint-Maximin and two goals from Callum Wilson. Enditem
TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League final after beating Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout on Saturday.
PARIS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's Diego Schwartzman finally overcame the hurdle of the quarterfinals at a major after three attempts, as the 28-year-old on Tuesday edged two-time Roland Garros finalist and newly-crowned US Open champion, Dominic Thiem 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-2 to book a spot in the French Open semifinals.