"I think I played a really good match. I was very aggressive. I knew from last year I had to change something, so I really wanted to be better than last year and definitely, I was today," said the world No. 2.
Mainz failed to put up any resistance while Union relentlessly tripled their lead after Marvin Friedrich headed home Christopher Trimmel's free-kick in the 63rd minute for 3-0.
The Kyodo news agency said that despite the mass infections, the club's Pacific League game against the Orix Buffaloes went ahead as planned on Tuesday. The Chiba side lost 3-0 at home.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Kvitova had to bounce back from 1-5 down in the opening set against Canada's teenager Leylah Fernandez to set round-of-16 clash with Zhang.
Matthaeus encouraged Schalke not to give up as 31 rounds of matches still remain.
According to the ITTF, both the Women's World Cup (November 8-10) and Men's World Cup (November 13-15) will be held in Weihai, east China's Shandong province.
"She had a remarkable performance coming off the bench but failed to convert some layups due to a physical slump. She still needs to go through some tests game after game. Hopefully, she can progress deep into the season," said Henan coach Li Jianxin.
While predecessor Wagner could count on a seven-week-long preparation phase, only two weeks remain for Baum to get the team back on track, when Schalke faces Union Berlin on October 18 on home soil in the Bundesliga.
Nitra's second victory in a row was based on a continuous effort, sending a total of 41 shots toward Zvolen's goalie and scoring one goal in each period to edge out their opponents by a small margin 3-2.
The South American zone World Cup qualifiers had originally been scheduled to begin in late March but were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Enditem
The Spaniard, who is seeking his 13th title at Roland Garros, defeated Sinner 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1 to set up a rematch with Diego Schwartzman on Friday.