McDonald tried to play more aggressively in the third set, but it was too late and not enough to overturn a match against the greatest ever tennis player on clay.
"The special situation during the pandemic forced people to find new ways of doing sports," said Liu. "Online sports competitions, online training classes and sports broadcasting shows have become more popular. That also led to faster development of hi-tech sporting equipment."
Stefan Lainer (L) of Moenchengladbach vies with Marius Buelter of Union Berlin during a German Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Union Berlin in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sept. 26, 2020. (Photo by Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua)
There was a hint that the ball could have brushed Jota's arm, but the goal was allowed to stand and Liverpool now have three wins from their first three games of the season.
The Slovak will face Argentinian qualifier and world No. 131 Nadia Podoroska for a spot in the round of 16.
Much more than their national rival Bayern, it seems that the Black and Yellow's team is full of apprentices trying to avoid slipping into further frustrations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all major domestic and international sporting events were rescheduled or canceled in the first half of the year. People were reluctant to go outside, and most sports companies struggled to do business. Some didn't survive.
The top four teams from the first phase Suzhou and Dalian zones respectively will move into Final A to determine the eventual league champions and the top eight rankings. The bottom four teams from the Suzhou and Dalian zones will enter Final B to battle against relegation to the second-tier League One.
First, the Brazil international forward thumped in a close-range effort after Giorgian de Arrascaeta's attempt was parried clear by Jorge Pinos. Then, he ran onto Arrascaeta's superb one-touch pass and rounded Pinos before calmly caressing a shot into an empty net from the edge of the penalty area.
The decision is made in light of the growing reputation and prestige of AFC competitions with the new brand taking effect from 2021, Asian football's governing body said in a statement.
"To make things easier I told the players yesterday [Wednesday] that this was the right way to go," he added, suggesting the decision was of his own volition.