It has been a difficult summer for Valencia with new coach Javi Garcia seeing key players such as Parejo, Coquelin, Ferran Torres, Garay and Rodrigo Moreno leave the club amid an atmosphere of hostility towards owner Peter Lim. Garcia needs a positive start against local rivals, Levante, who despite losing Borja Mayoral, remain a compact and tough to beat side. Enditem
Zverev completed a stunning comeback in his semifinal, rallying past Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam final while Thiem dug deep and displayed his trademark fighting spirit to outlast third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
Ryan Day also advanced on Sunday after finishing his three group matches with two victories and one draw. He even scored a maximum break in his 3-1 win over Rod Lawler.
"It was really a tough game. I was challenged in today and yesterday's game (the one against He Bingjiao)," commented Chen. "Zhang moved fast and made few errors on the court. She controlled the game in the first and third sets. I had to make adjustments and finally changed the situation."
The game's turning point came in the 86th minute as Bi Jinhao tapped Yu Hanchao's cross to level the game for Shenhua, and that was just the right reward for Shenhua head coach Choi Kang-Hee, who made a raft of changes midway through the second half. Enditem
As the interval beckoned, Ever Bright had promising opportunities to test Zall's goalkeeper Dong Chunyu from a free-kick, but Cao Xuan's header flashed inches wide.
It was the third upset of a seeded team for Siegemund and Zvonareva during the fortnight, having knocked off No.7 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Sofa Kenin in the second round before a stunning win over second seeds and defending champions Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.
Fabio Cannavaro's Guangzhou Evergrande stay atop the table with 25 points, seven points clear of Jiangsu Suning.
Nathan Ake has been brought in to give more options at the back, but Guardiola's plans have been somewhat frustrated by new Spain international Eric Garcia's refusal to sign a new contract, and he could be Barcelona bound, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not reliable enough over a long season.
Evergrande continue their dominance in Group A with 28 points while Luneng sit third with 17.
Back in February before the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, the Ugandan had set a world 5,000 record on road, also in Monaco.