MADRID, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Valencia overcame a nightmare summer which has seen unrest amongst the club's fans and a host of key players abandon the club, to come back twice from behind and beat local rivals Levante 4-2 in their opening game of the season.
But just when it appeared as if the race had settled into a predictable rhythm, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll suffered a puncture on lap 43 that sent the Canadian careening off the circuit at high speed.
In the Chengdu division, Beijing BSU, ranked eighth last season, edged off the Inner Mongolia Zhongyou 1-0. In the Jiangsu Derby, Taizhou Yuanda defeated Suzhou Dongwu 1-0.
"Seven is my favorite number, so I guess it's meant to be," Azarenka said, joking about the gap between major final appearances. "I'm very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day."
Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha needed 13 games to get off the mark last season, but needed just 13 minutes this time around as he scored the only goal of the game in his side's 1-0 win over Southampton, who were nowhere near their best in south London and rarely troubled a well-organized home defense.
After the Sunday's game, Suning sit second with 19 points, while R&F rank third to the bottom with 11. Enditem
BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- World Table Tennis (WTT) announced on Friday that a promotional showcase WTT Macao will be staged between November 25-29, 2020, the first tournament that is held since the organization's foundation.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai SIPG beat Qingdao Huanghai 2-1 in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Thursday.
"The area that was replanted a month ago is excellent and responding very well," the Globo newspaper quoted Braga as saying on Monday. "If we repeat the same procedure the next change is going be a success," he added. Enditem
"We started to know each other back in 2014 and straight away started to develop a great friendship and then a great rivalry," Thiem said of his close friend Zverev. "We've made great things happen on the court and off the court. It's amazing how far our journey brought us to share this moment. I wish we could have two winners today. We both deserved it."
The season kicked off with a dull 0-0 draw between Eibar and Celta Vigo and the 90 minutes between two sides that flirted with relegation last season was really only memorable for Eibar's Pape Diop becoming the first player sent off in Spain this season.