"I played pretty aggressively from the first ball, and that's pretty necessary against her because she's a great player who can hit a lot of great angles," Mertens said. "I tried to step into the court, and thankfully my first serve was working, so that was a big advantage."
International table tennis action has been suspended for half a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIFA added that a new schedule would be unveiled "in due course" after further talks with CONCACAF officials, confirming only that the first round would be in March.
Barty wished the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament and said she was now looking to a long preseason and the summer in Australia.
In Group B2's other match, Scotland won 2-1 against the Czech Republic, who had had to call up an entirely new squad for the match owing to COVID-19 quarantine regulations.
XIAMEN, China, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Yin Ruoning continued the incredible start to her professional career on Friday as the Shanghai teenager won the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Orient Masters by one stroke in Fujian province for her third straight win.
Ruichang took the first point with a straight win in the women's doubles, before Zhejiang fought back and took the victories in the men's singles and men's doubles. Then He Bingjiao overcame a one-set deficit to beat Han Qianxi in the women's singles, helping Ruichang to tie the game 2-2.
It's the second straight victory for Portugal, as they defeated Croatia 4-1 at home last Saturday. They will visit France in October in their third match in Group 3.
After the game, Beijing sits the second in Suzhou division, with Shanghai SIPG dominating the bellwether position. Wuhan ranks third, trailing Beijing by two points.
"Holding the Expo in the Olympic city of Beijing sends a strong signal of confidence. The world of sport is ready to contribute to the recovery from the crisis and to rebuilding a more human-centered and inclusive society."
The Bayern defender refers to the fact that most of Germany's new faces have known each other for many years, having played in the same club or Germany's youth teams.