Clubs from 13 (of 16) federal German states will play home games under the new conditions this weekend as the top three football tiers start their new season.
Meanwhile the fixtures between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Elche, and Levante and Atletico Madrid have been postponed because of Barcelona, Sevilla, Atletico and Elche's late finishes to last season and they will now be played in December.
Italian wildcard Jasmine Paolini beat Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 to set up a second round clash with top seed Simona Halep of Romania. Enditem
He said Schalke's squad needs to forget about last season's disappointments and try to start afresh. "There is no specific goal for the new season besides doing better," the attacker said.
In the other two games played on Saturday, Tianjin Teda entered the second round with a 2-0 win against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, Wuhan Zall secured a last 16 round position after defeating Hebei China Fortune 5-4 (tied 1-1 in 90 minutes) after the penalty shootout. Enditem
To be the first to win the national double a third consecuitive time in the league's history might be a driving thought for the titleholder.
The tournament was scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from October 3 to 11, but had to be postponed due to the withdrawal of a number of participating teams and the adjusted European leg of the BWF World Tour, badminton's world governing body said in a statement.
"Yesterday, I ranked third in women's 5,000m, it was like a warm-up for today," she added.
But there was no place for striker Edinson Cavani, who has yet to find a new club after parting ways with Paris Saint-Germain in June. The 33-year-old has not played since March.
Xie Wenjun (C) of Shanghai competes during the men's 110m hurdles final on Day 2 of the 2020 Chinese National Athletics Championships in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Jia Yuchen)
As expected, Barcelona star Lionel Messi heads the list, with Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez also included.