"I told them to fight until the end no matter when leading or trailing. All efforts have paid off now," she said. Enditem
Sichuan kept its double-figure margin during the ensuing three quarters, with its biggest lead at 30 points with two minutes left to play.
Chen Meng of Shandong celebrates during the women's singles final match against Sun Yingsha of Hebei at the 2020 Chinese National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)
The 31-year-old Liu shot 13 of 20 from the floor and pocketed 29 points. Xing Jinbo led the Shanxi bench with 16 points. Wu Tongtong and Yu Dong nailed 17 and 13 respectively.
"It is good news that we are getting back on the pitch to do what we love most. Personally, I cannot wait to show our fans the great sport that they have been missing for so long. However, the excitement should not make us forget that COVID-19 is still out there," he said.
The Cafeteros boss had words of support for Bayer Leverkusen full-back Santiago Arias, who was taken from the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a horrific ankle injury in the first half.
Despite its backcourt duo of Chen Yanyu and Chen Xinlei's lackluster performance, Shaanxi can still find positives as sophomore Yu Jiarui posted a career-high 35 points.
A restored Swiatek secured her break in the seventh game and broke again in the eighth to serve for the set at 5-3. But she missed a set point which didn't prove costly as she broke Kenin's serve for the third time in the 10th to seal the opening set 6-4 after 50 minutes.
The 56-game regular season and four-game final series will be played between November 12 and December 20 in three northern Queensland cities, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville.
"We have shown that we can do our best in the face of the worst conditions," he said. "We have confidence of beating South Korea." Enditem
"We always talk to each other and I know him from our time in the Barcelona youth system, we talk about the time we spent there," said Adama.