In a showdown between two clinical power-hitters, Osaka and Brady split the opening two sets, with Osaka claiming the tiebreak in the first and Brady taking the sole breaking chance in the second.
Madrid claimed last season's title with an impressive run of results in the last 11 games of the season and with coach Zidane Zidane's options improved by returning loanees Martin Odegaard and Alvaro Odriozola (and perhaps Sergio Reguilon), he maintains a balanced squad, despite the likely departure of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez's move to England, neither of whom contributed much to their title win.
Everton fans will be looking for improvement under experienced coach Carlo Ancelotti and the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has added James Rodriguez to his squad from Madrid in a move that should bring a bit of magic to his side if James can find his feet in the Premier League.
"It means a lot. That's what we practice for. That's what we were trying to do in these five months off, working for this moment," Soares said.
Very little separated the two teams in the tilt, as each pair fired 46 winners on the day. Muhammad and Townsend broke serve six times, compared to five breaks for Xu and Melichar, but it was the Chinese-American team who used bold play to secure the decisive breaker.
Galhardo put the hosts ahead from close range against his former club and doubled their lead by firing into an unguarded net after some shambolic Ceara defending.
"The president of the AFA [Argentinian Football Association], Claudio Tapia, sent a query to CONMEBOL about the suspension of Argentina captain, Lionel Messi," the region's governing body for football said on Twitter.
In the Changzhou division, Kunshan FC beat Sichuan Jiuniu 2-0, Nantong Zhiyun pocketed three points after defeating Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard 2-0. Enditem
Shenzhen took an early lead in the fourth minute, when John Mary hit the ball into the net after receiving a volley pass from Gao Lin. The Cameroonian striker added his second goal six minutes later thanks to a critical mistake made by Henan defender Han Xuan.
Stuttgart edged third-division club Hansa Rostock on a sole goal from Sila Wamangituka and Jonathan Schmid's 2-1 winner for Freiburg sealed Waldhof Mannheim's first round exit. Enditem
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced on August 26 that the 2020 China League One season will kick off on September 12.