Also missing were injured Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez, who contracted the coronavirus.
On September 6, when Wuhan fans finally got the chance to attend Zall's match against title contenders Beijing Guoan in Suzhou, near Shanghai, hundreds of them made a 750-kilometer (450-mile) trip eastwards to Suzhou for the game.
After national team center Li Yueru's departure, Dilana was made to shoulder more responsibilities in the paint for Dongguan.
The game was decided with the final possession. After Li Jinjun converted one of two free throws, Shaanxi went up 80-78 with 11.3 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Wuhan's Liang Juanzhi missed a jumper that could have sent the match into overtime.
Gou Tingting (R) of Tianjin Guanlan drives the ball during 1st round match between Shanghai Dahua and Tianjin Guanlan at the 2020-21 Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Oct. 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Kun)
Shanghai will face Shaanxi on Sunday, while Tianjin's opponents on Monday will be Jiangsu. Enditem
Elsewhere, Athletic Club were linked with a late return of former striker Fernando Llorente only for the deal to fall through, while Valencia coach Javi Gracia is rumored to be considering resigning after a summer which saw the departure of players such as Dani Parejo, Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo Moreno without any new arrivals to strengthen a squad which failed to qualify for Europe last season.
James has been in sparkling form since joining Everton from Real Madrid on a free transfer last month, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League outings.
Next up for Halep is another 19-year-old youngster, Iga Swiatek of Poland, whom Halep defeated in the round of 16 here last year.
Other goalkeepers in Queiroz's squad for the matches are Camilo Vargas, Alvaro Montero and Aldair Quintana.
Qi constantly kept driving to the basket and drawing fouls late in the third quarter. Beijing's 40-point margin heading into the final frame was irreversible for Daqing.