Next up for Halep is another 19-year-old youngster, Iga Swiatek of Poland, whom Halep defeated in the round of 16 here last year.
The arrival of the national quartet of Li, Yang Liwei, Huang Sijing and Li Yuan meant Inner Mongolia, playing in the WCBA for the second year, emerged as a rising powerhouse.
After substitutes stepped in, Xinjiang maintained its level of defense, holding Shanghai to shot-clock violations on several occasions and leading 27-18 at halftime.
Despite three losses in a row coming into the season, Wuhan coach Li Xin expressed her satisfaction in some respects.
Shanxi had a 10-3 dash in the midway of the last quarter, bringing the game beyond Hebei's reach.
He will also miss the first four Champions League group matches in which Real Madrid line up against Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach following Thursday's draw.
"We can feel that everything is fully prepared beforehand with an aim of offering us a safe environment to enjoy games," said Shao, who had joined Sichuan before the season.
Also on Sunday Feyenoord was far too strong for Willem II in Tilburg. The home team went in front through Vangelis Pavlidis, but Ridgeciano Haps, Bryan Linssen and a brace by captain Steven Berghuis earned Feyenoord a convincing 4-1 win. AZ drew 4-4 at Sparta after surrendering a 4-0 lead in Rotterdam.
Against Huesca and Villarreal, Atletico showed their old problems as they struggled to create chances against well-organized rivals, while Suarez looked sluggish.
Dong was a lethal weapon on offensive end, scoring 12 points down the stretch as Zhejiang rode on a 14-0 spurt to race ahead 46-27 midway through the second quarter.
Earlier on Friday, Jiangsu defeated Shanghai 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 26-24) in the third-place match.