"A match like today, I just feel like Pironkova was serving well, she was hitting winners everywhere," Williams said. "Maybe I wasn't being aggressive enough. So I think it's more or less me adjusting my game in the second set and coming back and just trying to do better."
With the draw, Luneng and Shenhua remain third and fourth ranked on the table with 17 and 13 points respectively.
However, any concerns over a processional race were dispelled in a surreal opening few laps.
MADRID, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- One day later than expected and with several big names missing, the first round of games of La Liga kicks off in Spain this weekend.
URUMQI, China, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese national team player Kyranbek Makan has signed for Shanghai Sharks, ending a glorious 11-year run with Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
Her last appearance in the WTA tournaments was in Doha in February, defeated by Elise Mertens in the first round.
"It's already dangerous enough, and I was really surprised and shocked at the moment that I felt something," the Belgian rider added.
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.
Lower league side Havelse broke the deadlock through Noah Plume with 17 minutes played. Mainz were unable to overcome Havelse's well-positioned defence in the first 45 minutes but the momentum on the pitch changed after the restart, and by courtesy of Jean-Philippe Mateta, who provided a second-half hat-trick for a 5-1 victory. Enditem
Azarenka will play Japanese star Osaka in the women's final. In the other semifinal, Osaka overpowered American 28th seed Jennifer Brady 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3 to reach her second US Open final in three years.
The second-tier league will take place behind closed doors. In the first period, the 18 teams will be divided into three groups, following the traditional league duo-robin format.