But it seems apparent that it will not be easy to find a new coach.
Also on Tuesday, men's seventh seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy cruised to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisi.
In the Changzhou division, 10-man Changchun Yatai came from behind to beat Sichuan Jiuniu 3-1.
"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough to properly heal after the [US] Open. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could," said the three-time Roland Garros champion.
In the 33rd minute Fati's acceleration then drew a foul in the area from Mario Gaspar and Messi slotted home the penalty to make it 3-0 and Pau Torres scored an own goal with the last action of the first half when he put Messi's clipped ball past the stranded Asenjo under timid pressure from Busquets.
LONDON, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Premier League Champions Liverpool continued their winning start to the new season and ended Arsenal's perfect record after fighting back from a goal down at Anfield.
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) revealed that the second phase matches would be played in a two-legged knockout format, with the CSL's 16 teams divided into a championship group (Final A) and a relegation group (Final B).
"We have passed a difficult situation to reach the stage and don't want to lose our chance easily. Our players are highly-motivated for this match and are ready for this tough challenge mentally," he said. Enditem
Liu Fumin is confident of the future. "The sports industry has been influenced, but at the same time, the Chinese economy is still moving ahead, and the Chinese sports industry is still developing," he said.
Pironkova, 33, who returned to the Tour at the US Open after three years' absense and made an impressive run to the quarterfinals, received a walkover to the third round in Paris.
The Brazilian, who had entered the game as a substitute, took advantage of a loose ball to beat Valladolid keeper Roberto Jimenez with a diagonal shot.