However, Alfaro, who took charge last month after the resignation of Jordi Cruyff, refuses to accept that Ecuador will be outsiders to secure a berth in the next edition of football's showpiece tournament.
Third seed Williams essayed a signature comeback and served 12 aces to edge past her American compatriot Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes.
Both sides posed threats to the other, but no goals were scored in the first half. Shijiazhuang once got a good chance to score in the 33rd minute when forward Liu Xingyu was clean through on goal but his low volley was easily saved by the keeper.
Klein called safeguarding the club's financial pattern more important than ever for the future of football.
"Serena is Serena," Sakkari said after advancing earlier on Saturday by beating 19-year-old American Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 6-1. "You have to come up with some great tennis. Otherwise there is no chance against her." Enditem
Qingdao stormed to a 4-0 lead after they took victories in mixed doubles, men's singles, women's doubles and women's singles. However, men's doubles young pair Guo Ruohan and Shang Yichen defended some honor for Xiamen as they overcame a one game deficit to beat world champion Liu Yuchen and his partner Guo Junhao 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 in the final dual.
"The IOC continues to be impressed by the progress of the preparations. And we are all looking forward to writing this new chapter in China's great sporting history." Enditem
As the COVID-19 pandemic brought the international table tennis calendar to a grinding halt early in the year, many players, coaches and fans were confined to their homes or their local communities.
The remaining of the match have been controversial as Gao Lin was shown his fourth yellow card of the season in the 71st minute after complaining to the referee. The Chinese international is going to miss Shenzhen's next match against his former club Guangzhou Evergrande next Wednesday. Enditem
It was announced here on Thursday that Iran's national football team will play Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in friendly matches in October.
The first half did not witness any breakthroughs until the last minute before the interval. Paulo Henrique Soares dos Santos's volley on the right side of the box was denied by the left post, but Wang Qiuming contributed a sliding shot in front of the goal to make it 1-0 for Hebei.