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11 Questions with Judy Hugh

By USATT | March 01, 2016, 12 a.m. (ET)

 Judy Hugh

USATT Insider poses 11 questions to Judy Hugh

11 Questions with Judy Hugh

1) Why do you play?

I play because I have played since I was very young, and have been successful at it. I also enjoy travelling and competing in tournaments.  

2) Which is your favorite tournament? 

I actually have 2 favorite tournaments. My first favorite is Nationals. It is the biggest event of the year, and it's great to see everybody. My second favorite is the Butterfly Team Tournament. I love being part of a team and getting a lot of competitive matches even though the tournament is very tiring.

3) Who is your primary nemesis? 

I don't really have a nemesis. I am older than a lot of the younger generation, and the generation that I grew up competing against doesn't really play anymore.

4) What is your favorite game tactic to score? 

Even though my backhand is my strongest shot, I love coming in for the flip kill if someone pops up my serve to my short forehand.

5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball. 

I am still getting used to the new ball. I don't like it as much as the celluloid ball though.

6) Toughest Loss? 

My toughest loss was to Anqi Luo from Canada in the 2012 Olympic trials. If I would have won that match, I would have made the Olympics.

7) Greatest Win? 

My best win was against Ligia Silva of Brazil. I beat her in 2007 to get into the main draw of the World Championships.

8) How you prepare for a tournament? 

I try and practice my strengths right before a tournament, and lately I have put more of an emphasis on my physical fitness, and that has really helped.

9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do? 

At Lily Yip Table Tennis Center, we do our best to welcome everybody into our club. We have a lot of members so we can usually set up new players with somebody appropriate to their level.

10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament? 

I would like to play Kasumi Ishikawa in a tournament. I admire her game, and would love the opportunity to play a match against her in a tournament.

11) If you had to face Timothy or Crystal Wang what would your game plan be? 

I don't really compete against men, but Crystal is a strong up and coming player. I would try and extend the rallies and use my experience to pull it out at the end!

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