Greece's fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to dig deep to outlast Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 after three hours and 12 minutes to advance, while Andrey Rublev of Russia also recovered from two sets down to dispatch American Sam Querrey 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to claim the first-round win. Enditem
A 27-11 lead after the first quarter, including a 24-0 dominance from tip-off, decided Shandong as the eventual winner.
"Especially here in Paris, I'm extremely happy because it's my favorite Grand Slam and favorite tournament of the year. I always play good here. I had many chances in last couple of years. I had match points or really close matches. I always play good here, just didn't close it," Schmiedlova said after the victory.
Earlier on Sunday, Wissam Ben Yedder struck in each half as nine-man Monaco held on to overcome Strasbourg 3-2 at home. Right-back Ruben Aguilar added another for Niko Kovac's side in stoppage time of the first half.
The top four of each group will play the second phase between October 16-December 12 in Suzhou.
"Of course, I will make sure I don't make the same mistake twice," he added.
In advance of Wednesday's encounter, the 2012 German champion seems to carry a more massive load on its shoulders.
Ji Xinjie from Shandong secured the gold in the men's 400m freestyle in 3:48.87, with Hubei's Zhang Ziyang and Ji's teammate Hu Jia rounding out the top three.
DALIAN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou Evergrande finished its first stage of Chinese Super League with a victory on Sunday as it beat Dalian Pro 1-0 with a stroke of luck.
Behind the scene, insiders report huge expectations regarding Salihamidzic's ability to solve the problem within the next week.
BANGKOK, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) on Wednesday announced that China-based Great Wall Motors (GWM) had signed a share sale and purchase agreement with General Motors (GM) to acquire the latter's production facilities in Rayong.