Dominic Thiem of Austria hits a return during the men's singles quarterfinal match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina at the French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)
Fekri has already played in Esteghlal for 13 years over two stints. Enditem
The Chinese Super League (CSL), which started the 2020 season behind closed doors in July, has been slowly opening up to a limited number of spectators last month.
The Tokyo Diving World Cup was originally scheduled to be staged from April 21 to 26 but was postponed to June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the global situation still severe, the biennial diving tournament has been postponed again to April 18-23 next year.
After both exchanged serves in the following two games, the former world No. 23 then delivered a dominant performance in the tie break to seal the first set.
On the Shandong side, Yang Hengyu contributed 16 points, while Qiao Yanzi added 12.
Fueled by Wei's six points in a row, Inner Mongolia widened the gap back to seven points, and they used a 22-13 second quarter to build a 13-point advantage at halftime.
The 31-year-old, who is to face No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova in the next match, also became the first Chinese singles player since Li Na in 2012 to reach the fourth round at Roland-Garros.
The visitors from Poprad did not put on an offensive show either, but scored twice, which was sufficient for earning their first victory of the season.
"That's our aim and I'm confident we can compete with the footballers we have," he added, despite the refusal of several clubs to release their players for national duties.
The 51-year-old coach replaced interim coach Majid Namjoo Motlagh on the Tehran-based team.