"I'm so proud of Nicole and I, we've really worked very hard every day," said Xu, after the pair reached their second final in the last three weeks at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Reigning champions Slovan Bratislava managed to overcome its biggest rival Trnava 2-0, and sit six points behind unbeaten Dunajska Streda with one game in hand.
In the penalty shootout, Hoffenheim's goalkeeper Baumann saved two penalties while Bickel missed the target from the spot, allowing Hoffenheim to advance into the second round.
"My right eye was uncomfortable before the game, and I was influenced by that when I played. I was not in form today, but Ren played well," said the world No. 5 Chen.
Latvian runner Dmitrijs Serjogins finished the full marathon first in two hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds. Lithuanian runner Remigijus Kancys won the half marathon in one hour, five minutes and 47 seconds .
The matches between La Liga champions, Real Madrid and Getafe, Barcelona and newly promoted Elche and Atletico Madrid and Europa League winners, Sevilla have been postponed due to the European and play-off commitments of most of those teams eating into pre-season. Meanwhile, the game between Granada and Athletic Club Bilbao, which was due to open on Friday night was put back to Saturday after a judge ruled late on Wednesday that matches can't be played on either Fridays or Mondays.
First launched in 1990, the Vilnius International Marathon is held annually starting from 2004 with 2019 counting over 11,000 participants. Enditem
Elsewhere, in a match-up of Fortuna Liga's worst teams, Michalovce and Trencin split the points after a 1-1 draw. Nitra beat Pohronie 3-1, Sered edged Zilina 3-2 and Moravce had a goalless draw with Senica. Enditem
Aris is one of Greece's most successful clubs, having won the fourth most Super League titles after Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens. Enditem
West Ham struggled last season and look like they could have problems this time as well after losing 2-0 at home to Newcastle United, who took the points with goals from new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendricks. Hendricks, who arrived from Burnley, had not had a shot on target since November before his goal four minutes from time. Enditem
Wang Shenchao (R) of Shanghai SIPG vies with Gao Xiang of Qingdao Huanghai during the 10th round match between Shanghai SIPG and Qingdao Huanghai at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)