In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Zhu revealed her desire to truly demonstrate the Chinese team's capabilities at Tokyo 2020, as well as expectations towards her new school life.
The French Ligue 1 defending champions added that the deal included a purchase option when the loan ends next summer.
Wang Shenchao (R) of Shanghai SIPG vies with Gao Xiang of Qingdao Huanghai during the 10th round match between Shanghai SIPG and Qingdao Huanghai at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 10, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
With the two Mercedes once again the class of the field and pulling away from the rest, much of the interest in the race took place further down the order, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was unable to hold onto his third place and was soon passed by several rivals - an embarrassing state of affairs for the storied Italian squad on their 1000th Grand Prix start.
One of the most recognizable faces in Chinese sport, Zhu admitted that the COVID-19 outbreak had a big impact on the Chinese team's build-up to Tokyo 2020 as all international competitions have been cancelled because of the epidemic.
"I love these big matches. To face the best guys in the world is what I do the hard work for at home and in the off-season," Thiem said. "After the first set, it was great tennis from both of us. I could have easily been down two-sets-to-one. I'm really happy to be through. It was a great semifinal."
In the penalty shootout, Hoffenheim's goalkeeper Baumann saved two penalties while Bickel missed the target from the spot, allowing Hoffenheim to advance into the second round.
With the draw, Luneng and Shenhua remain third and fourth ranked at the table with 17 and 13 points respectively.
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Zverev completed a stunning comeback in his semifinal, rallying past Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam final while Thiem dug deep and displayed his trademark fighting spirit to outlast third seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
La Liga kicked off on Saturday with a 0-0 draw between Eibar and Celta, before Yangel Herrera and Luis Milla gave Granada a 2-0 win at home over Athletic Club and Osasuna won 2-0 away at newly promoted Cadiz with goals from Adrian Lopez and Ruben Suarez. Enditem