Taki crossed the line in 3:35.00 ahead of Abel Kipsang (3:35.43).
After both exchanged serves in the following two games, the former world No. 23 then delivered a dominant performance in the tie break to seal the first set.
"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.
Temwa Chawinga gave Wuhan a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute as she received a pass and rifled an effort into the net. Shanghai leveled the game in the 13th minute as Banda stole the ball from a Wuhan defender in the penalty area and slotted it past the goalkeeper. Just one minute later, Shen Mengyu's goal, from an assist from Banda, helped Shanghai gain a 2-1 lead.
Also on Sunday, Lille secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Strasbourg thanks to goals from Zeki Celik, Renato Sanches and Burak Yilmaz. Strasbourg has lost five of its six league games since the new season started in August. Enditem
Although concerns are increasing among fans, as one of Germany's most prominent sides might fail to secure its first-tier participation for next season, the former teacher claimed to believe in the team's potential.
Alvaro Ordiozola will continue at right back after Dani Carvajal suffered a knee injury on Friday that will sideline him for a couple of months, while Ferland Mendy will likely return on the left after being rested in the narrow midweek win at home to Valladolid.
Sichuan was held to six of 26 on three-pointers and out-rebounded its opponents 44-30.
"We are a new group. I want to help the team get into a rhythm as soon as possible to prepare for tougher matches ahead," Li noted.
Gaston is to challenge third seed Dominic Thiem in the fourth round. Earlier in the day, the Austrian had claimed another straight-sets victory over 28th seed Casper Ruud, beating the Norwegian 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
"I think we both played really well and a really great match. She played unbelievably good, considering she is so young, she has a very bright future," Zhang commented on her opponent.