Hsing Defends North American Cup

By Jacob Deitcher | June 03, 2012, 5 p.m. (ET)

Ariel HsingAriel Hsing successfully defended her title at the 2012 North American Cup in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Hsing defeated Canadian Mo Zhang for the second straight year at the North American Cup. Zhang, the 2011 Pan American Games champion, kept the match close, but ultimately Hsing was able to prevail in seven games, 13-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9, 4-11, 4-11, 12-10.

Despite being favored, Hsing faced great obstacles leading up to the North American Cup. All members of the United States Olympic table tennis team recently played at the North American Olympic Trials and have been training rigorously for the upcoming Olympic games. Hsing was impressive and fought through the fatigue from training to emerge victorious in Mississauga.

USA Table Tennis Chief Operating Officer and High Performance Director Doru Teodor Gheorghe was impressed by the effort given by the American athletes at the North American Cup. He was especially impressed by Hsing’s performance.

“I am very proud of all of the team members’ performance. Everybody was out of shape since all peaked at the North American Trials and are getting ready for Olympic Games,” Gheorghe said “It was a struggle for everyone but Ariel proved again that she has a good mental strength and she pulled herself together when needed.”

By winning the North American Cup, Hsing can travel to London confidently. Prevailing against a tough competitor like Zhang shows that Hsing is physically and mentally prepared to succeed in London at the 2012 Olympic games. Now she needs to focus on getting some rest after a tough competition.

“I actually thought I prepared well for this tournament, but boy, was I in for a surprise. My legs felt like lead and my arm felt like jelly. I was playing really bad, and on the night of the first day of the tournament, I was wondering what on earth I was going to do the next day,” Hsing said “Luckily, my teammates helped me practice thoroughly, and my coach gave me great advice and support, so we finally pulled through and finished on a high note.”

As the victor, Ariel will compete in the VOLKSWAGEN Women’s World Cup to be held in the Chinese city of Huangshi, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2012.