The 33-year-old had scored 45 goals in 68 games and won two A-league championships since he joined the Sky Blues in August 2018.
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.
"We are really pleased with the process over the last month and are proud that our league's policies are in line with our own when it comes to diversity in hiring," said Thelwell. "We met and spent time with several great candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The quality of the candidate pool further solidified our confidence in Gerhard as a top choice to lead our team."
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.
After dominating the upper hand across the final quarter, Zhejiang kept up its all-win record in the ongoing 2020-2021 season.
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.
Yang Xiaolong, the head of the local culture bureau, said that Ziyuan has been actively promoting "sports-plus-tourism". Enditem
"In terms of where we are competition-wise, the objective at the end of the day is to measure our standard to the South African standard and see if we can meet it. We are not oblivious though, we have included six of our foreign-based players. They will bring in more drive and experience to add to that of our local players," he concluded.
The 19-year-old Pole needed just 68 minutes to avenge her exit to the 2018 champion last year in Paris at the same stage.
Dong was a lethal weapon on offensive end, scoring 12 points down the stretch as Zhejiang rode on a 14-0 spurt to race ahead 46-27 midway through the second quarter.
Kvitova went into the match quickly as she broke her Chinese opponent twice to surge to a 4-0 lead in the opening set, before serving for the set in the eighth game.