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!