38-year-old Williams closed out the first set with ease but had trouble in the second when she was broken twice by Gasparyan.
Atletico's finish to the season even gave hope that they could take advantage of the changed format for the last eight of the Champions League and secure a title that has so far evaded them, but German side RB Leipzig put paid to that optimism at the first hurdle in which Atletico showed many of their usual flaws and few of their virtues.
The clay-court Grand Slam, which was originally due to be held in May, will be staged from September 27 to October 11.
Cruz's first match in charge will be an away clash against last-placed Atletico San Luis on Tuesday. Enditem
In terms of the title race, reigning champions Real Madrid will be confident of defending their crown - not because they look any stronger than they did last season, but because main rivals, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid (at the moment at least) look weaker.
"The truth is that for a while there has not been a project and there hasn't been anything. They have tried a juggling act and to paper over the cracks as things have happened," said Messi, who repeated his love for the club and insisted on his commitment in his final year at the Camp Nou. Enditem
Zuriko Davitashvili (R) of Georgia vies with Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia during the UEFA Nations League football match between Georgia and North Macedonia in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2020. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Xinhua)
Valladolid look to be solid but unspectacular, but should just have enough to stay up, while surely Celta must improve under coach Oscar Garcia after consecutive campaigns fighting to avoid the drop.
"It's not every day you lead the Tour de France so I'm not going to throw it away, I want to keep it for as long as possible."
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Dia Saba and Ye Chugui netted to give Guangzhou R&F a 3-1 win over Henan Jianye in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL), while Dalian Pro conceded a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Jiangsu Suning on Tuesday night.
Third seed Williams essayed a signature comeback and served 12 aces to edge past her American compatriot Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes.