WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- World number 77 Sorana Cirstea of Romania produced a sparkling performance to come from behind and beat No. 9 seed Johanna Konta of Britain 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in almost three hours to move into third round of the US Open on Thursday.
Under CONCACAF's qualifying format, the winners of each of the six first-round groups will play a two-legged knockout tie for a place in the last phase. Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already secured a place in the final round by virtue of their rankings.
Qingdao continue leading in the standings after nine games, with Ruichang ranking second by sweeping Shenzhen 5-0 on Sunday.
"Elite athletes like Xu Jiayu, Ye Shiwen and Wang Shun have already reached a high level. They set goals for themselves, and the attention from media and the public encourages them. Their desire to win and to fight at the Tokyo Olympics propels them forward."
The last minutes of the first half witnessed the prowess of Saba. The Israeli striker added an open goal in the 39th minute, then delivered a precise cross for Ye Chugui six minutes later, helping the Guangzhou side lead 3-1.
"He's a very solid player, maybe doesn't possess any big weapons, but every shot is very good," Djokovic said of Busta. "He returns a lot of balls, so I've got to be ready for a lot of exchanges. It's going to be a demanding match physically and mentally. Hopefully I'll be able to continue the good performance that I had tonight."
"It has been a challenging year for everyone and although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and well-being of my family and my team will always be my priority," she said. Enditem
Patrick Bezerra equalized eight minutes later with a header following Thiago Galhardo's cross.
World football governing body FIFA and regional confederation CONCACAF announced that the qualifying tournament, which had been due to begin in October, will now kick off in March.
China Fortune struggled to cope with the intensity but were 1-0 up in the 45th minute following midfielder Wang Qiuming snapping up the rebound into the net after Brazilian Paulinho's attempt hit the post.
Chinese fans are fond of the football played by German clubs, he said. "The Bundesliga is big in China," Klein commented.