Shenhua could have taken the lead in the 28th minute through Yang Xu's header, but his glancing effort drifted just wide.
Rafinha joined Flamengo from Bayern Munich in June last year and helped the Rio de Janeiro club secure a historic Copa Libertadores-Brazilian Serie A double five months later.
That meant the first goal of the new season was scored by Granada midfielder Yangel Herrera, who was unmarked when he scored the opener in his side's 2-0 win at home over Athletic Club Bilbao in the 49th minute, four minutes before Luis Milla doubled Granada's lead with a shot from outside the area.
The 37-year-old veteran's penalty helped Ever Bright take the lead in the 42nd minute.
After squandering two championship points, Thiem won the title on his third after Zverev hit it wide.
Luneng were on a three-game winless run before Sunday's game while Evergrande dominated Group A, despite losing to Luneng 1-0 in the first leg, their only defeat this season.
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But he tightened up again when it came time to serve for the championship, allowing Thiem to break back.
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The relatively unheralded Veszelka, meanwhile, leaped to 16.69m in the third round and bowed out with a 16.66m jump to land the upset victory at the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting.