Jiangsu and Beijing are placed third and fourth in the championship group standings respectively. Enditem
Also missing will be injured left-back Nilson Loyola and influential winger Edison Flores, whose club DC United refused to release him because of a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for those returning to the United States capital from abroad. In addition, forward Jefferson Farfan is in doubt for the matches after re-injuring his troublesome left knee.
Shanghai came from behind to beat Tianjin 88-60. Shanghai was trailing by six points at the end of the first quarter, but the team recovered and had a 24-8 second quarter to move ahead. Shanghai controlled the game well to finish the third period 23-10, and then sealed the easy victory.
Insufficient defense marked by only 29 rebounds compared to 53 by the visitor proved to be the key element that led to Handlova's second defeat and put it at the bottom of the rankings.
Next up for the 33-year-old is Russia's world No. 16 Karen Khachanov. Djokovic owns a 3-1 lead in the head-to-head record against Khachanov but the latter won the pair's previous encounter in Paris - at the 2018 Paris Masters when the Russian claimed a straight-set win in the final to clinch the biggest title of his career until now.
In the match between Wuhan and Beijing, Beatriz Zaneratto Joao gave Wuhan an early 1-0 lead as she stole the ball from a Beijing defender and hit the ball into the net in the 3rd minute. Wang Xinxin helped Wuhan extend the lead in the 14th minute as she lobbed a pass that flew straight into the net, catching the keeper off guard.
Thanks to the third-round win, Wuhan moved atop the championship group standings with six points.
"We did well on defense," said Inner Mongolia coach Zheng Wei, also assistant coach of China's national team, adding the team still needs to build its chemistry through more game time.
After both exchanged serves in the following two games, a more experienced Zhang then delivered a dominant performance in the tie-break to seal the first set.
"I'm very happy. It was a great match, I didn't make any mistakes. Casper is a really great player, very attractive to play, I think there were many good rallies, it was a good match from both of us," said the newly-crowned US open champion.
Dongguan scored 10 points in a row early in the first quarter, before Zhejiang responded with the same scoring run through consecutive layups and foul shots, leading 20-17 at the end of the quarter.