"I want to tell you that I've decided not to return to the Beijing Ducks this year. It is the toughest decision that I've made in my life," Lin said in a video posted on Chinese social network Weibo.
Kurt Zouma completed the scoring on 66 minutes, as his low shot from a corner was deflected past the unfortunate Ryan.
The 24-year-old Yang took the lead in the first half of the race, yet 33-year-old Liu was in charge of the second half, walking at her own pace and clocking 1:27.48 to cross the finish line first. Yang and Qieyang Shijie ranked second and third respectively.
If Djokovic beats Schwartzman in the final, he will win a record 36th Masters title.
Palace took the lead in the seventh minute through Andros Townsend when Zaha stepped up to retake a harsh penalty given for handball. Although David de Gea saved Jordan Ayew's initial effort, he was adjudged to have moved too early, and Zaha netted the retaken kick.
"The finish was impressive, playing with nine against 11. We showed an incredible mentality. It was a deserved victory after a crazy match. I am very proud," the German coach said.
The Bayern striker indicated his club might use different line-ups and tactical approaches to get through the season.
"We are waiting for what the Ministry of Health and the president are going to say about sporting activity and give us direction and that is what we are going to do as to when football activity is starting and when there is a continuation of the league," he added.
"Schalke is traditionally a strong brand and is said to have high earning power," Jobst said, adding the goal is to return to European competitions.
Cologne had the worst possible start on home soil as Jonas Hector's return pass was intercepted by Kramaric, who kept his cool and nutmegged goalkeeper Timo Horn for the opener with only three minutes gone.
"We are working hard for the new season and I think we will have the same group of players that we have now in pre-season," he commented.