But the 33-year-old soon after committed a serious foul on Leo Dubois, for which referee Stephanie Frappart initially showed a yellow card but changed it to a red after a VAR review.
The previous best for the No.7 seed in Paris was the semifinals in 2012 when she lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-3.
Zhejiang's Shan Wanli made six 3-pointers on nine attempts to score a game-high 29 points. Wang Haimei chipped in with 13.
Liu Jiacen scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Shanxi. Zhao Zhifang also registered a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. Captain Wu Tongtong nailed 21 points.
Kitata's compatriot Sisay Lemma was three seconds further back to finish third.
The Czech player found rhythm just in time to win nine consecutive games to finally secure her 90th career main draw victory on clay.
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.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Flamengo struck three goals in 20 second-half minutes to set up a 3-1 victory over Athletico Paranaense on Sunday, their first Brazilian Serie A win in almost a month.
Due to the game behind closed doors against Turkey, the association has to shift its plans to hand out free tickets. Plans said all of the tickets approved by local health authorities are free but exclusively for locals in Northern-Rhine-Westphalia.
CHENGDU, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang shook off an early challenge from Wuhan and cruised to an 84-61 win in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) league here on Monday.
With a perfect record in the new season, Jiangsu expects a tough route ahead as title contender Xinjiang awaits them on Saturday.