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.
The score changed for the first and final time in the 60th minute when Scotland's Stephen O'Donnell sent a nice center from the right side to Queen's Park Rangers' striker Lyndon Dykes who was left unguarded by Slovak defenders and had no trouble scoring from close range on the first shot on goal of his team.
The American improved her 2020 record in majors to a spectacular 16-1 after the win, during which she avoided the need for a deciding set and saved 10 of 12 breakpoints to seal the victory.
"It was normal as I played fewer minutes. I needed to give the chance to young players and let them deal with the game," Ji said.
Another six 3s pushed Zhejiang's lead to double figures at the end of the third quarter.
"I shot 200 times every day. These six years helped a lot in developing my fundamentals," she commented.
Malian captain Hamari Traore secured the opening goal in the third minute while El Bilal Traore and Haidara Amadou also scored in the 49th and 75th minutes respectively to secure a convincing win for the Eagles.
The 56-game regular season and four-game final series will be played between November 12 and December 20 in three northern Queensland cities, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville.
"We are not a strong side. After playing such an intense game, we can improve in mentality and carrying out tactics," Wuhan coach Li Xin commented.
"We showed our advantage in players rotation since the third quarter, so that players were in a favorable physical condition to compete in such an intense game," said Beijing coach Zhang Yunsong.
"It was a very hard and equally balanced match. The initial tie was fair and then we got lucky in the penalty lottery," said Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik afterwards.