Defending champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round at the French Open with another straight-sets win, beating Italy's Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 on Friday and recording his 96th victory at Roland Garros.
"It's because I did a lot of things well. I played more aggressively than the previous days. I went to the net more often, and I hit a lot of winners," added the 12-time French Open champion, who needed only one hour and 35 minutes to see off his opponent.
"We had a poor start as our players didn't show enough mentality, but I'm satisfied with the players' performance in the following three quarters," Shaanxi coach Jiang E'Ying commented.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) spokesperson Dan Kamati said that although their counterparts named a strong team, he chose to rather focus on what his team can offer and is confident that they will compete.
However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has not been able to win a major trophy at international level; a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympics notwithstanding. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be his last chance to change that.
Jiangsu's 8-0 run to start the game forced Tianjin into an early timeout. Tianjin lost too many defensive rebounds to provide their opponents with second chance baskets, digging a 29-7 hole for themselves after the first quarter.
"We executed the coach's tactics well," she explained.
"We had a good start in each set, but in the second set, when one of the opponents left the court with an injury, I felt our players relaxed a bit mentally. Then I asked for a time out to prevent our team from losing ground. There is no doubt that we played well in the last two sets," said Tianjin head coach Wang Baoquan.
Kvitova went into the match quickly as she broke her Chinese opponent twice to surge to a 4-0 lead in the opening set, before serving for the set in the eighth game.
"We want to play good football, whether it be at sea level, at high altitude, on the road, or at home," Farias said ahead of Bolivia's opening qualifier against Brazil in Sao Paulo on Friday.
"Xinjiang has more star players than us. We just have to relax and prepare for a fight. Nothing else," Ding added.