"I prepared a lot before this match, and I was surprised when finding Xiamen rested its starting player Han Yue. Huang is not very experienced, but still, I tried my best on the court. I think I performed better than that of last time we met in the first stage," commented Chen.
In the opening men's doubles, Zheng Siwei/Wang Yilv crushed Li Junhui/Ren Xiangyu 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 in just 21 minutes to gain the first point for Qingdao.
"We have another session tomorrow morning and we'll decide which players are able to play the game." the German coach added.
Very little separated the two teams in the tilt, as each pair fired 46 winners on the day. Muhammad and Townsend broke serve six times, compared to five breaks for Xu and Melichar, but it was the Chinese-American team who used bold play to secure the decisive breaker.
The final of the AFC Champions League being played in the West Zone on Dec. 19 in a single match rather than in the traditional home and away format.
In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Zhu revealed her desire to truly demonstrate the Chinese team's capabilities at Tokyo 2020, as well as expectations towards her new school life.
Qingdao pulled one back in the 85th minute with an overhead kick from French midfielder Romain Alessandrini.
"It's just too early to give a concrete answer what will be the final scenario," Bach said, "The only thing we can say is it will be about offering a safe environment for all participants." Enditem
"I am not satisfied with the first-half performance. We made Jena strong. Nevertheless, after the restart we controlled the proceedings and wrapped up a deserved win," Werder Bremen head coach Florian Kohfeldt said.
Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic arrived with the leading group and kept his 21-second lead on the overall standings.
A horrible mistake from Valladolid keeper Jordi Masip gifted Real Sociedad a point in their game, which was played in a temperature of around 30 degrees centigrade in Valladolid's Nuevo Zorrilla Stadium.