While consensus among the F1 fraternity was that the Italian Mugello circuit's fast sweeping turns and frequent undulation would be the season's biggest physical challenge for the drivers, there were fears that a lack of heavy braking zones would make overtaking difficult.
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) is dispossessed by Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips during the English Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield in Liverpool, Britain, Sept. 12, 2020. (Xinhua)
"WTT Macao is our opportunity to show the world just what an incredible transformation our sport will be going through in the World Table Tennis era, and to demonstrate how we are elevating table tennis into one of the greatest sporting properties on the planet," said WTT Council Chair Liu Guoliang, who also takes charge of the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA).
Evergrande had a good opportunity just four minutes into the game but Ai Kesen hit chance off target.
"I love these big matches. To face the best guys in the world is what I do the hard work for at home and in the off-season," Thiem said. "After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us. I could have easily been down two-sets-to-one. I'm really happy to be through. It was a great semifinal."
A Premier League statement released on China's social media Weibo read: "Premier League chief executive Richard Masters promised to Chinese fans that they are working hard to find solutions to broadcast the matches in China. Unfortunately, the first round matches of the 2020-21 season won't be broadcast in China."
Hunan took the first point by a straight-set win in the men's doubles, before Han Qianxi of Zhejiang scored the narrow win against Zhou Meng 11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 6-11, 11-7 in the women's singles to tie the match for the defending champion.
Celta were even closer to the drop than Eibar and have waved goodbye to important loanees Rafinha and Jeison Murillo, while Fiodor Smolov and Pione Sisto have also left.
Saturday ends with newly-promoted Cadiz, who on Wednesday drew their last friendly of the summer 1-1 with Almeria, at home to Osasuna.
Media reports speak of a 25-million-euro demand per season in a five-year contract for the 28-year-old center-back aside of Zahavi insisting on a 20-million-euro reward for himself.
Fernandinho equalized after dribbling into the box and beating Hebei goalkeeper Bao Yaxiong, finishing a counterattack in the 29th minute.