As one of title contenders going into the current campaign, Xinjiang was back on a winning track following its defeat to Sichuan in Thursday's opener.
In women's action, Petra Kvitova managed to return to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012 after a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 dismissal of China's Zhang Shuai in the opening match on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Monday.
"Since then, I've made huge progress because I've played a few big matches, against Simona, against Caroline Wozniacki and Naomi Osaka, and I think it helped me a lot and now I feel like I can handle the pressure," Swiatek added.
Fueled by Han Ziqi's eight straight points, Tianjin jumped into a 14-5 start, forcing Shanghai into a timeout.
"I'm sure that I can make many layups on the university basketball court, but here, when opponents inflicted huge pressure on me, my chance of doing that will be much lower."
After Zhou Yuyan and Ma Yufang quickly erased Shanghai's deficit in the second quarter, Zhang shone on the offensive end, scoring seven points in a row to earn Shanghai their first lead since tip-off. Shanghai outscored Tianjin 24-8 in a 10-minute span to lead 43-33 at half-time.
Kitata, 24, managed to dash to the finishing line first, one second before Kenya's Vincent Kipchumba.
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"We were not in a favorable form today, and didn't figure out their zone defense well in the last quarter," admitted Sichuan coach Pan Wei. Enditem
"We had a good start in each set, but in the second set, when one of the opponents left the court with an injury, I felt our players relaxed a bit mentally. Then I asked for a time out to prevent our team from losing ground. There is no doubt that we played well in the last two sets," said Tianjin head coach Wang Baoquan.
"I think I played a really good match. I was very aggressive. I knew from last year I had to change something, so I really wanted to be better than last year and definitely, I was today," said the world No. 2.