"I can't get to sleep last night because I was so excited," The 43-year-old swimming fanatic said. "And I was not the only one - every one of our online group was awake late at night, cheering each other up for today's event."
Rennes kept its lead in the standings over Lille on goal difference, although its four-match winning streak ended with a 2-2 draw against second-from-bottom side Stade Reims.
The 2019 ATP Finals champion will face Russia's Andrey Rublev for a semifinals place in the next round. The 22-year-old Rublev recovered from a one set down and trailed by 5-2 in the second to knock out Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the last men's round of 16 clash.
Despite two big losses into the season, Daqing coach Ji Yanyan would rather pick up something positive from her young team.
Arsenal had led 2-0 through goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe, but McGoldrick's goal left them clinging on for the final whistle.
As one of title contenders going into the current campaign, Xinjiang was back on a winning track following its defeat to Sichuan in Thursday's opener.
"But I told my players it is the utmost honor to play for the national team," he added.
"I feel that physical contention is not at the same level. The opponents played tough on both ends. As for the game experience, I'm not at the same level with teammates and opponents either," she noted.
The Blanquirroja are aiming to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, having ended a 36-year drought to earn a place at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Also absent will be representatives from Oriente Petrolero, due to bickering between club officials and the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF).
Following is the Argentina squad: