Ye is also the Asian record holder of the women's 200m individual medley in 2:07.57.
Yao was the title favorite but the 30-year-old failed to clear the bar at 5.30m, although he passed the height of 5.15m in his first attempt.
The 16-team CSL was split into two groups respectively in Dalian and Suzhou. Both groups will play 14 rounds in the first phase, which is to end next Monday.
Playing on the left of a line of three, which included Messi and Philippe Coutinho, Fati was unstoppable with his talent and pace, and displays like this show there could be life at the Camp Nou when Messi finally does leave next summer.
All eyes were on Messi after a summer in which he had asked to leave the club and only two days after he had criticized the departure of Luis Suarez, but Fati was the star of the show.
Third seed Thiem was competing for the first time as a Grand Slam winner and followed his fourth win in as many head-to-head clashes against Cilic. The 27-year-old improved his record at Roland Garros to 25-6.
The Tri beat Guatemala 3-0 in a friendly at Azteca stadium on Wednesday - the first outing of the year for both teams.
"We accomplished our goal in the first stage. It is a good result to rank first. We will have a good rest to face the second stage," said Shanghai goalkeeper Chen Wei after the game. Enditem
Celta meanwhile will put their faith in Aspas, who has already scored three goals this season and will be a handful for the Barca back line.
Other games on Thursday see Athletic Club at home to Cadiz, while Sevilla entertain Levante in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Enditem
Baum is known as a successful academy coach relying on a modern attacking system and high pressing. Before being appointed as Augsburg's head coach (2016-2019), the former sports and economics teacher worked as head of the club's academy.