Attracting around 300 swimmers, the 2020 championships are being held from September 26 to October 2 in Qingdao.
The round of games kicked off with Valencia producing a solid defensive display to take all three points from their visit to San Sebastian with a 1-0 win away to Real Sociedad.
Greece's fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to dig deep to outlast Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 after three hours and 12 minutes to advance, while Andrey Rublev of Russia also recovered from two sets down to dispatch American Sam Querrey 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 to claim the first-round win. Enditem
Kenyan Peres Chepchirchir, the current half marathon record holder and Fancy Chemutai will also be in the frontline.
Jepkosgei will return to the same course she shattered the world record in 2017 in half marathon and will face up against fellow countrywoman Joan Chelimo.
Guangzhou Evergrande are chasing their ninth CSL title having dropped just eight points. But Fabio Cannavaro's side still have problems to solve on the defensive end, where ageing full-backs Li Xuepeng and Zhang Linpeng have raised questions whether they can stay healthy and consistent throughout the next stage.
"If we don't have advantage on strength, we should be much more confident than our opponents, and showing a stronger will to win," he added.
Since the other three Chinese (LPL) teams Suning, JD Gaming, Top Esports have already been categorized into A, B and D groups in advance, LGD will compete in Group C automatically according to the S10 regulation to avoid repetition of two teams from the same region.
The Spaniard will next take on 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who beat Slovakia's world number 102 Andrej Martin 6-4, 7-6, 6-1.
"I think it's a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it's important tactically to have it and to use it at the right time so that you can keep your opponent always guessing what the next shot is," said the top seed, who is seeking his 18th Grand Slam title at Paris.
A 27-11 lead after the first quarter, including a 24-0 dominance from tip-off, decided Shandong as the eventual winner.