CHENGDU, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- A late surge in the fourth quarter helped Beijing beat the winless Tianjin 86-64 for a three-game winning streak, while a winning second half saw Shanxi move past Shandong 84-75 in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Monday.
Gerardo Martino's men are among five teams that have already qualified for the last phase of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region. The others are the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras.
"Basketball means the world to me for a long time, and now is the same. As I grow old, I know there are other things I need to pay attention to in life. Basketball is a sport and undertaking that I love, and I have put everything into it."
The other semifinal of women's singles will see Poland's history-maker Iga Swiatek face Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska. Enditem
"Sometimes I feel that according to my physical condition, I can still play two or three seasons, but I don't have enough energy for it since taking up the coach position," she admitted.
The venue for the finals, which is scheduled to be played on Dec. 19, will be confirmed in due course, AFC said. Enditem
"I used to like the international games as it was something different and I will keep working to get back," commented the forward, who said he had a "very good" relationship with Spain national team coach Luis Enrique.
Ji is going through her fourth season in a duel role from the 2017-18 season.
"Now is an opportune time for me to cement my place. I always say that it's important to feel the responsibility of playing for the national team but that shouldn't be overshadowed by pride. Otherwise the burden can become too much.
Slovakia now face a play-off against Northern Ireland on November 12, with the winning side qualifying for the delayed Euro 2020 finals, to be staged from June 11 to July 11, 2021. Enditem
Mikel Oyarzabal's 13th minute goal gave the Spaniards the win that means they have seven points from their opening three matches in the competition after previously drawing in Germany and beating the Ukraine (who they play again on Tuesday).