"I think we both played really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good, considering she is so young, she has a very bright future," Zhang commented on her opponent.
Also on Saturday, fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas earned a spot in the fourth round after his Slovenian opponent Aljaz Bedene retired from the match and hobbled off the court when trailed by 6-1, 6-2, 3-1.
France's Clara Burel hits a return during the women's singles third round match against China's Zhang Shuai in the French Open tennis tournament 2020 at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Oct. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
One suspects that Messi, who will be 35 when the next edition of football's showpiece tournament begins, will be a man on a mission during these qualifiers as he seeks to enhance his own legacy and end Argentina's nearly three-decade wait for major silverware.
To stay in the A-group is a matter affecting the team's future, Keller said.
Those to have been ruled out of the matches include forwards Juan Carlos Arce, Gilbert Alvarez and Victor Abrego, midfielders Erwin Saavedra and Leonel Justiniano, and defenders Adrian Jusino, Luis Haquin and Diego Bejarano.
"He is now playing more regularly and doesn't have any injury concerns which bodes well for us."
Ajax had more possession and more chances in the first half, but it was Groningen that found the net after the restart. Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana stopped a shot from Groningen striker Jorgen Strand Larsen, but he had no answer to the rebound from 19-year-old forward Remco Balk.
The 19-year-old will face another qualifier -- Nadia Podoroska of Argentina in the semifinals. The latter stunned third-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4 to advance. Enditem
It is the second time for Ziyuan County to hold such an international race, the route of which covers several 4A-level scenic spots.
The previous best for the No.7 seed in Paris was the semifinals in 2012 when she lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-3.