"Fairness for athletes all over the world remains my number one priority. I will never let clean athletes become hostages of political games. Under the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories there are many possible consequences that do not impact the athletes," he continued.
Zhejiang then defended some honor with Huang Yuxiang overcoming Tan Zhendong 14-15, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in the men's singles, and Ni Bowen/Lv Rouhao beat Zhang Xinran/Chen Zirui 11-5, 11-2, 11-5 in the women's doubles.
Leo Baptistao pulled one back for Wuhan in the 67th minute through a header. Two minutes later, Jean Kouassi also made his header to level up the two sides, after receiving debutant Dong Xuesheng's pass.
Stephens went up a double break to carve out a 5-2 lead and served out the opening set in just 38 minutes. But Williams began to raise her game and served much better in the second set, lifting her first-serve percentage from 50 to 76 percent. By breaking twice, Williams won the second set to level the match.
"We are already working hard to achieve our goal of going to Qatar. It's a challenge that affects all of Ecuador. We know it's not going to be easy and we're focused on giving everything we've got."
On September 13, the team from Shaanxi will start its season campaign, facing Jiangxi. Enditem
Djokovic's exit means there will be a first-time Grand Slam champion in the men's draw.
In the women's singles, fourth seed Naomi Osaka of Japan finished a routine job as she eased past Anett Kontaveit from Estonia 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.
Zhang Weiwei posted her best result of the early season when the 23-year-old Hubei native carded a bogey-free round featuring six birdies.
Slovakia lost three players to injury on Friday and three more had to return to their league clubs or face quarantine, forcing coach Pavel Hapal to ring the changes.
Coates said the Games will start as planned on July 23 "with or without COVID-19," stressing the Olympics has never been cancelled outside of world wars.