Zhao's compatriots Lu Ning and Xu Si both competed in the other group on Thursday as David Gilbert edged them out with an advantage of the break.
According to the FIVB, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent uncertainty regarding travel and fan attendance, they decided not to stage the 2020 edition of the event.
The decision was widely welcomed not only by professional football clubs but other sports such as handball and basketball.
The deadlock was finally broken with eight minutes to go, when a corner was nodded onto the path of defender Khalilzadeh, who was well-positioned at the far post to control and finish into the bottom corner.
Just before the break, Hoffenheim took a 2-1 lead as a VAR-assisted penalty was awarded after Rafael Czichos was fouled inside the box. Kramaric stepped up and slotted home past Horn.
Brazilian forward Alan Kardec was awarded a special jersey to commemorate his 100th CSL appearance in Chongqing before the match.
Premier League fans from the Chinese mainland didn't have an official means to watch the first round matches of the new season, which kicked off on September 12. Enditem
The Spain international's deal should also be confirmed on Friday, although he won't take part in Sunday's important league fixture which sees Liverpool travel to face big-spending Chelsea. Enditem
Hertha took the initiative from the kick-off whereas Bremen focused on their defence.
"We will make table tennis events and activities more attractive to the media, giving the sport greater global exposure. Our ultimate goal is to develop and improve table tennis worldwide, and spurred by my deep passion for the sport, I will do my best to make WTT a success," said the Chinese table tennis legend.
The big game on Sunday sees Real Madrid make their league debut away to Real Sociedad and it will be interesting to see how Zinedine Zidane's side perform and whether Martin Odegaard, who returns after a successful season on loan in San Sebastian, plays a part in the game.