In the other semifinal of the day, Ruichang fought from one game down to beat Hunan Hualai 3-1.
Title favorite Ajax suffered a serious setback after half an hour of play at Sparta Rotterdam. Defender Nicolas Tagliafico got a red card after he tried to stop Mohamed Rayhi, but touched the ball with his hand while sliding.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen cruised into the next round as Nadiem Amiri's brace rounded off the 7-0 goal fest against Eintracht Norderstedt.
In a tight mixed doubles battle, Zheng Siwei/Huang Dongping rallied from one set down to overcome Feng Yanzhe/Huang Yaqiong 12-14, 15-14, 11-5, 11-8, helping Qingdao seal the victory.
The absence of some key players, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Andel Di Maria and Keylor Navas who have all tested positive for coronavirus, reduced Thomas Tuchel's choices for his starting line-up. As a result, several youngsters and new signings were brought into the squad to fill the places.
According to CAF, the names of prospective candidates will be communicated to the various national associations on Jan. 11 next year.
Siegemund/Zvonareva, who had never played together prior to this event, had total control over the match and defeated Melichar of the United States and Xu of China 6-4, 6-4 in 79 minutes.
"It's not how you start, it's how you finish, right?" added Williams. "I just feel like, I'm okay. I'm ready to play three sets every match if I have to. It doesn't matter. A win is a win."
Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the French Open finals in 2018 and 2019.
Skocic was named as new head coach of Iran in February as a replacement for the Belgian coach Marc Wilmots, but he has yet to lead Team Melli in a match.
In April, mascots for the Asian Games Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen, inspired by Hangzhou's three World Heritage sites, namely the Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu Culture, the West Lake and the Grand Canal, were unveiled online, followed by the release of Asian Para Games slogan "Heart Meets, Dream Shines" and mascot "Feifei," inspired by the motif of the "Divine Bird" in the Liangzhu Culture.