"We are continuing to see benefits from the forthcoming changes to the format of the World Championships Finals, which will be introduced from next year onwards, leading to more countries bidding from different regions of the world," said ITTF Deputy President Khalil Al-Mohannadi.
Third seed Thiem was competing for the first time as a Grand Slam winner and followed his fourth win in as many head-to-head clashes against Cilic. The 27-year-old improved his record at Roland Garros to 25-6.
Serena Williams of the United States serves during the women's singles first round match against Kristie Ahn of the United States at French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Sept. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
Persepolis will meet Pakhtakor in the quarter-finals at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Wednesday.
Shanghai continued their tight control in front of the net in the second set. Although Fujian made several substitutions, they still failed to shake Shanghai's advantage.
"The plan was to put Neymar close to Mbappe. We chose an offensive structure. We tried something and I have a lot of confidence in my team," Tuchel said after the match.
And Ecuador's LDU Quito extended their lead at the top of Group D with a 4-0 rout of Binacional Enditem
"We have passed a difficult situation to reach the stage and don't want to lose our chance easily. Our players are highly-motivated for this match and are ready for this tough challenge mentally," he said. Enditem
Vital performers such as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller demanded new faces after admitting to be exhausted after an energy sapping 2019/2020 season.
Despite a large deficit, Ji never winced and constantly attacked the basket. But boasting a balanced offense, Shandong didn't let the win slip away from their hands. With a 77-39 advantage heading into the final frame, Shandong killed any suspense about the result.
WARSAW, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski won the 2019/20 UEFA Men's Player of The Year award ahead of his teammate Manuel Neuer and Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.