"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.
Pianigiani admitted that he is very excited to join Beijing Ducks, a club with top influence in Asia. He said he is looking forward to working hard with the team in the next season.
Zverev, 23, was in top form in the first set as he displayed an impressive serve and volley game to triumph 6-2 in just 30 minutes.
"I love these big matches. To face the best guys in the world is what I do the hard work for at home and in the off-season," Thiem said. "After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us. I could have easily been down two-sets-to-one. I'm really happy to be through. It was a great semifinal."
"There is no doubt in my mind that we will have a great Asian Games - one of the finest we have had," he said.
Masters said: "We know that there are millions of fans in China who would like to watch Premier League matches as usual and we are seeking solutions to solve the problem. We need to make the right decision and we are trying to find the best solution."
LONDON, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- It's a new season but everyone will be looking to the same team to be the favorites to lift the Premier League title.
Ben Cowen, European Tour deputy chief operating officer international, said the European Tour enjoys a successful long-term relationship with Kenya Open Golf, saying they are grateful for their continued support.
"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."
In the other matches of the day, Ruichang enjoyed a quick 5-0 win over Hunan, finishing the first stage with 13 wins and one loss, behind Qingdao on game difference.
This win came weeks after another Ugandan star Joshua Cheptegei shattered Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele's 16-year-old 5,000m world record at the restart of the coronavirus-hit Diamond League in Monaco, France.