Multiple Chinese media outlets revealed that Tencent Sports would pay 10 million U.S. dollars for the one-year contract.
Garbine Muguruza, seeded ninth, eased into the final eight. The Spaniard beat Johanna Konta of Great Britain 6-4, 6-1. Enditem
Fulham almost had the perfect start when an errant pass from Gabriel allowed Aboubakar Kamara through on goal, but Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno was able to scramble the ball to safety.
"He's an important leader for the team and a big part of what we're building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark and he can achieve that here," commented Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. Enditem
The 10th seed, the oldest in the Rome Masters draw at 35, lost 6-0, 7-6 (2) to Musetti who is ranked 249th in the world.
"As for the fans, no matter when I get injured, traded or defeated, you always support me, which gives me great belief," he added.
His absence is likely to provide another opportunity for Cesar Dutra, who replaced Alves in the team's 2-0 defeat to Ceara in Brazil's Serie A championship on Sunday.
Luo Chun and Xu Shuangshuang claimed the titles of men's and women's 3,000m steeplechase, team Sichuan swept the gold medals in men's and women's 4X400m relay. Enditem
The idea to add some leadership skills to exiting teenage talents could well pay off if the Swiss coach can create stability.
The top four teams at the end of the qualifying tournament - in which teams play each other twice on a home-and-away basis - will automatically earn a World Cup berth. The fifth-ranked side will advance to a two-legged intercontinental playoff.
On Friday, Persepolis beat Al-Taawoun 1-0 in Group C of the 2020 AFC Champions League thanks to Resan's penalty.