"It has been a great season for me and it is my hope that all will be well next year as I focus on the Tokyo Olympics," said Cheruiyot after his victory.
Edin Dzeko wasted a good opportunity in the 21st minute as the hitman sprung the offside trap but ballooned it over the bar.
Li also denied the rumors that China will limit the number of naturalized players in the national team. "Jiang Guangtai and Fei Nanduo did well in the CSL. They also expressed a strong desire to play for the national team. We hope to better know each other through training," he said.
Wuhan had the upper hand for most of a back-and-forth second half, heading into the final frame with a three-point margin, but had to watch as their lead slipped away.
Shanxi coach Li Ge gave a high appraisal of some of his veterans' performance.
"With 53 points you cannot win any game," admitted Shanghai coach Milos Paden.
Third seed Elina Svitolina cruised past 27th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the next round. Argentinian qualifier Nadia Podoroska extended her stunning run on clay after the restart of the season, as the 23-year-old dispatched Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-2 to become the first Argentinian women's player to reach the fourth round in Paris since 2011. ■
Judging through her stats, it seemed that Fang has undergone a seamless connection from university to the professional league. Still, the hopeful had something to say about the vast difference between the two leagues.
Shandong built a 17-7 lead at the beginning of the second set, while Tianjin found it difficult to erase the deficit.
Clinching a victory in his 100th match at Roland Garros, the record 12-time champion secured a place in the last four for 13th time in the clay major, ending an impressive run from Sinner who had upset 11th seed David Goffin and 6th seed Alexander Zverev in his previous matches.
Both of the games highlighted Bilbao's problems in midfield and attack, as they failed to trouble two sides that will probably struggle to avoid the drop this season.