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World's top tennis players headed to Adelaide ahead of Australian Open******
CANBERRA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nine of the world's top-10 ranked women's tennis players will start their 2022 seasons in South Australia (SA).。
The SA Government recently revealed the star-studded playing fields for the 2022 Adelaide International, which will be held from January 2 to 9.。
Australia's world number one and 2020 Adelaide champion Ashleigh Barty will be joined at the tournament by eight fellow top-10 players including former world number ones Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova and Victoria Azarenka.。
Reigning Adelaide International champion and world number nine Iga Swiatek will also return to defend her title.。
SA Premier Steven Marshall said the strong field means the "eyes of the world" will be on Adelaide, capital city of the state of SA, in the lead-up to the 2022 Australian Open, justifying the government's 44 million AUD redevelopment of the tennis center.。
Former world number six Gael Monfils, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic and local hope John Millman will lead the men's field.。
"To have players the calibre of Ash Barty and Gael Monfils heading to Adelaide is such exciting news for all tennis fans," Corey Wingard, SA's Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, said in a media release on Friday afternoon.。
"The venue is looking fantastic and will be event ready for January with the project fully completed later in 2022."
Barty, the 2021 Wimbledon champion, in November became the fifth female player in history to secure the year-end number one ranking for three consecutive seasons.。
She ended her season early in October in order to be fully fit for the Australian Open after being knocked out of the Grand Slam in the quarter-finals in 2021. Enditem。
Confucius Prize for Literacy awarded in east China******
JINAN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Three programs from Mexico, Egypt, and Cote d'Ivoire, respectively, were awarded this year's UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy on Monday in Qufu, east China's Shandong Province.
The award winners include a "Building & Growing" program from Mexico, an Egyptian program offering online literacy classes for rural areas, and a functional literacy program for traders in Abidjan through the use of information and communications technology from Cote d'Ivoire.
Qin Changwei, secretary-general of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, said this year's prize takes eradicating functional illiteracy and digital empowerment as its focus.
The Confucius Prize for Literacy was established in 2005 to recognize the efforts of individuals, governments, and NGOs in raising the literacy rate.
An educator and philosopher, Confucius (551-479 B.C.), founded Confucianism. It is a school of thought that had a profound influence on later generations. He was also the first to set up private schools in China that enrolled students from different social classes. Enditem
Chinese striker Wu Lei eyeing victory in WC qualifier against Oman******
SHARJAH, UAE, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's national soccer team on Monday welcomed back its star forward Wu Lei in Sharjah, the UAE for its upcoming World Cup Asian qualifier against Oman here on Thursday.。
The Espanyol forward Wu participated in the training only hours after he arrived at the hotel from Spain in the early morning on Monday.。
"I want to score goals and help the team beat Oman," Wu said.。
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China's two home fixtures against Oman and Australia have been moved to Sharjah, where the Chinese team clinched four consecutive wins in the qualifying campaign and Wu contributed five goals.。
"The home advantage is very important and the support from our fans could be very helpful for us. Obviously it's very disappointing that we can't play at home, but the only thing in our mind is to play the matches well. Sharjah is a lucky place for me [as I scored many goals here]," Wu noted.。
China, drawn into Group B of the final qualifying round with Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Vietnam, now ranks fifth in the group with only three points after four games. Wu's team has to beat Oman to keep its faint World Cup dream alive.。
"Our team is under great pressure recently. I think we all can deal with the stress well as professional players. We need to focus on ourselves and do the right things. It's not the time to talk about the group table. No matter which opponent we face, we must fight for a win," he added. Enditem。