Esteghlal had been linked with former Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri but they failed to reach an agreement with the German-Iranian coach due to financial disagreements.
"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.
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.
Sichuan Jiuniu was still winless after a scoreless draw against Heilongjiang Lava Spring, while Kunshan FC defeated Nantong Zhiyun 1-0 and suggested that the club is coming to a boil perfectly. Enditem
During the 18-round campaign, teams face lung-busting altitude, scorching tropical heat, long-haul flights between many cities and passionate fans that make stadiums such as Argentina's La Bombonera or Brazil's Maracana among the world's most inhospitable venues for opponents.
Zhengzhou, in Henan province, will again host the final ITTF event of the year after 2019, as the 2020 ITTF Finals will return to the Zhengzhou Olympic Sports Center from November 19 to 22.
Fueled by Wei's six points in a row, Inner Mongolia widened the gap back to seven points, and they used a 22-13 second quarter to build a 13-point advantage at halftime.
Arsenal continued its positive start to the season with a 2-1 win at home over Sheffield United, but Mikel Arteta's side had to endure a frantic end to its game after David McGoldrick curled home a spectacular 83rd minute goal for the visitors.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) spokesperson Dan Kamati said that although their counterparts named a strong team, he chose to rather focus on what his team can offer and is confident that they will compete.
The Austrian, and two-time finalist in Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, reached the fourth round in Paris for the five consecutive year.
Cavani was left out of the Celeste squad by head coach Oscar Tabarez, paying the price for having not played since March.