BERLIN, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- One question has been on the minds of Germany's clubs for decades. In advance of the 58th Bundesliga season, things don't seem to have changed.
In the women's tournament, Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals after Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva retired with the scores at 6-2, 2-0. She is to meet ninth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who beat former number one Victoria Arazenka.
Will Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen experience a change around after both fallen giants only narrowly survived a terrible last season?
"We will make table tennis events and activities more attractive to the media, giving the sport greater global exposure. Our ultimate goal is to develop and improve table tennis worldwide, and spurred by my deep passion for the sport, I will do my best to make WTT a success," said the Chinese table tennis legend.
The Spanish press reported on Saturday that the Welsh international is carrying an injury that sidelined him for a month, but Bale made no reference to that in his first interview.
Bremen needed 30 minutes to gain a foothold into the game as Joshua Sargent tested Alexander Scholow with a long-range effort.
Facing Jianye, 19-year-old Tan Kaiyuan tucked into the net for Evergrande's lead in the 32nd minute on a one-two with Luo Guofu.
"I've kept in contact with [head coach Lionel] Scaloni, Walter Samuel and Roberto Ayala," he told TyC Sports. "Since my injury they never stopped writing to see how I was so I am very grateful for that.
"I didn't think I was totally ready for the event, but I was happy that I wasn't affected by others and finally made it," said the veteran Liu.
Al-Taawoun lost its last match to Iran's Persepolis 1-0 on Tuesday, but is still atop of Group C with six points from three matches.
His absence is likely to provide another opportunity for Cesar Dutra, who replaced Alves in the team's 2-0 defeat to Ceara in Brazil's Serie A championship on Sunday.