Evergrande broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with a moment of magic, as Paulinho dribbled past several defenders at the edge of the box, unleashing a rocket that went beyond an out-stretched Wang.
Shenhua's best chance of the first half came in the 43rd minute as they were awarded a free-kick. But the shot from the Shanghai side's captain Giovanni Moreno was finger-tipped over the crossbar by the Luneng goalkeeper Han Rongze.
"I gave everything that I could today on the court. I felt that I progressed a lot. I've played a lot of great matches. I felt that I've tested myself physically, mentally on very difficult stages. It's been great. I want to continue to keep going the same way, enjoy myself," she added. Enditem
The truncated 2020 CSL campaign saw 16 teams split into two groups, each group of eight teams to be based in the same hotel, to play a tournament style league behind closed doors. Enditem
"I haven't had such results in quite a long time, so I'm very excited for it. Today, it's a loss, but it doesn't change for me much. Of course I would have loved to win today. It is what it is," Azarenka said.
The Shenzhen side now sit fourth in the eight-team Dalian division with 14 points, while the bottom based Henan only have six points. Enditem
"She dug me in a big hole in the first set. I had to climb my way out of there one by one, and I was happy to turn it around, because it wasn't easy. I think it's the daily work I've been doing to find that calm mind and match it with an excited body, because I had to keep moving and bringing the energy. There's no crowd to get energy from, so I had to give it to myself," Azarenka said.
An official of the organizing committee named Wei Tieping told Xinhua that the 14th National Games wouldn't be held in close doors amid the regular COVID-19 control in China.
Liu Cheng/Li Yinhui earned the opening point for Xiamen in the mixed doubles, before Olympic champion Chen Long suffered a straight-set loss to young shuttler Ren Pengbo 11-7, 11-5, 11-4.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to abate and many countries have stopped their citizens to visit Indonesia, the Indonesian Badminton Association decided to cancel its bid to host the tournament, the association's Secretary-General Achmad Budiaharto said in a statement here on Sunday.
Athletic's pre-season has been hampered by six players testing positive for COVID-19 and injuries to others such as Yuri Berchiche, Inigo Martinez and Mikel Vesga and coach Gaizka Garitano could give minutes to impressive youngsters Unai Vencedor and Jon Morcilla, while COVID-19 also deprives Granada of veteran signing Jorge Molina.