"I got a bit emotional last two points of my match. I really started to think still about the match because in tennis we really never know when it's the end. But my memories, happy memories, when I made my comeback here in 2017, when I step on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn't really imagine me to be in the quarterfinal of this slam. Everything just came back to me," said Kvitova, who was attacked by a break-in knife-wielding robber at her home in the Czech Republic during the off-season of 2016, leaving her dominant left hand seriously injured. It was at Roland Garros that the two-time Grand Slam champion made her comeback.
Al Nassr broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 35th minute before Abdi Mehdi Qara leveled for Persepolis just six minutes later.
"Nothing else," he noted. "In every practice, I asked them to fight, play strong defence and play smart in offense. This gave us the result in the second quarter."
"Despite only one week, she has improved a lot since we met last time. She is very young, but she has got everything on the court. Last time in Strasbourg, she didn't go into the game so quickly and played not so steadily. But this time, I can feel her confidence has boosted after winning two rounds at a Grand Slam," the former world No. 23 added.
Shaanxi's Chen Yanyu was an assist shy of a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Li weighed in with 19 points.
Due to the game behind closed doors against Turkey, the association has to shift its plans to hand out free tickets. Plans said all of the tickets approved by local health authorities are free but exclusively for locals in Northern-Rhine-Westphalia.
The Czech player fired 23 winners in the match in which she converted four of her nine break points. Despite missing a chance to serve for the win in the eighth game of the second set at 5-2, she clinched it when an opportunity appeared again in the tenth to wrap up the victory with a love game.
In other fixtures on Sunday, Fortaleza was held to a goalless draw by Atletico Goianiense, Coritiba drew 0-0 at home to Sao Paulo and Botafogo tied 1-1 at home by Athetico Paranaense. Enditem
Kvitova went into the match quickly as she broke her Chinese opponent twice to surge to a 4-0 lead in the opening set, before serving for the set in the eighth game.
As expected, head coach Gustavo Alfaro included Fenerbahce forward Enner Valencia and teenage Sporting Lisbon winger Gonzalo Plata in his 30-man squad.
The injury means that Alba will be forced to pull out of the Spanish national team squad for the forthcoming friendly game in Portugal and the UEFA Nations League ties against Switzerland and Ukraine.