Sichuan found its formidable game in the second quarter, responding with a 17-2 run and taking a 41-39 lead going into the second half.
"She played really really well today. I think everything is tough. My ball is very short and she opened the court very nice and used very nice winners," said the world 39th-ranked Zhang, who has also achieved a personal best at Roland Garros by reaching the fourth round.
There will be tension in Vitoria as Alaves looks to improve on a poor start that has brought just one point in four games under new coach Pablo Machin. They entertain Athletic Bilbao, who produced a dreadful display to lose 1-0 to a newly-promoted Cadiz side that played with nine men for almost 30 minutes on Thursday.
The second set was filled with breaks as both players failed to hold their serves from the sixth to the 11th game. Zhang served to win in the 10th game but was broken by her French opponent. However, when the chance appeared again on the 12th, Zhang didn't miss it and wrapped up the victory with a flawless love game.
The world No. 4, and two-time finalist at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, reached the fourth round in Paris for the five consecutive years.
Trencin entered the new season with a triumph thanks to a strong second period, scoring four goals and breaking its opponent Detva in the process.
They call him El Maestro, and for good reason. Oscar Tabarez, a former school teacher, has been a coach, educator, mentor, strategist and father figure to generations of Uruguayan players since taking charge of the national team for the first time in 1988.
NAIROBI, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot, Helen Obiri and Britain's Kristal Awuah produced the critical highlights of the Kip Keino Classic, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting held in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been unfairly maligned by some for a perceived inability to reproduce his club form for Argentina. But the 33-year-old's record for his country stands tall against the greats of any era. Messi is his country's all-time leading scorer with 70 goals and 45 assists from 138 appearances.
Fueled by Han Ziqi's eight straight points, Tianjin jumped into a 14-5 start, forcing Shanghai into a timeout.
Cadiz's win in Bilbao means it has won its two away matches this season, but lost its two home games and it has another difficult task when it entertains a Granada side that qualified for the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday night.