The 19-year-old rising star wasted three set points when she took a 5-3 lead in the first set and stormed to 40-0 in the ninth game. But Zhang battled back and held the serve before breaking Burel's in the tenth to level the score at 5-5.
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.
Han Xu got 13 points and 10 rebounds for Xinjiang who had another four players scoring in the double-digits. Enditem
Fekri has already played in Esteghlal for 13 years over two stints. Enditem
Elsewhere, Athletic Club were linked with a late return of former striker Fernando Llorente only for the deal to fall through, while Valencia coach Javi Gracia is rumored to be considering resigning after a summer which saw the departure of players such as Dani Parejo, Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo Moreno without any new arrivals to strengthen a squad which failed to qualify for Europe last season.
Six minutes later, Bruno Labbadia's men thought they had opened the scoring but Jhon Cordoba's goal was ruled offside.
Xinhua looks at some of the major talking points ahead of Thursday's opening day of fixtures in CONMEBOL's road to Qatar 2022.
In the 25km race, China's Gao Chongchong and Zhang Jiajing won the men's and women's group respectively.
"After a tight first half, we did well on defense and rebounds in the second half," Xinjiang coach Gao Fengjuan explained.
Athletic's last home defeat was probably the most painful of them all as it lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Cadiz on Thursday despite playing against nine men for almost half an hour. The loss again highlighted the lack of attacking ideas under coach Gaizka Garitano and although there are obvious weaknesses to the squad, many think a more aggressive coach could get more out of it.
Mainz were unable to gain a foothold into the first half and had to wait until the 38th minute to get their first chance on target, as Jean-Philippe Mateta's header came close.