2012 North American Olympic Table Tennis Trials - Day 1
Sean O'Neill
April 20, 2012 9:00 PM
CARY, NC American Ariel Hsing, of San Jose, California, has punched her ticket to London, qualifying for the Olympic Games in table tennis at the North America 2012 Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Cary, North Carolina. Hsing won the first women’s singles qualifying event, beating Canada’s Chris Xu in the finals, 4-2.

Also earning a spot on the Olympic team was Canada’s Andre Ho, a 20 year-old from Richmond, British Columbia. Ho beat Canadian teammate Hongtao Chen in an emotional finals match-up by a score of 4-1.

In the women’s competition, Americans Lily Zhang and Erica Wu went 1-1 on the day while teammate Judy Hugh finished with an 0-1 record. All three will enter the second qualification tournament in hopes of securing another U.S. Olympic berth.

In the men’s competition, American Michael Landers finished the first qualification tournament 1-1, with a loss to Canadian Pierre Luc Hinse in the semi-finals. Teammates Barney Reed, Timmy Wang, and Adam Hugh finished the first qualification tournament with a 0-1 record.

The second men’s qualification tournament began with the quarterfinals, and saw American’s Michael Landers, Timmy Wang, and Adam Hugh all advance to the semi-finals.

Competition continues at Cary’s Bond Park Community Center through Sunday, April 22nd. Two additional Olympic qualification men’s slots and one additional Olympic qualification women’s slot remain.

Quotes from Women's Olympic Qualifier Ariel Hsing:

“It’s like the best feeling in the world. I’ve been dreaming about it, I’ve been wishing for it, but when I actually won, it kind of hit me unexpectedly. I’ve never felt like this before.”

“I would win a point and lose a point and she started catching up,” said Hsing, clutching a bouquet of roses during a press conference after the match. “I told myself to keep calm. I tried to remind myself to be patient after every point I lost.

Quote from Men’s Olympic Qualifier Andre Ho:

“We’re very accustomed to each other’s games, and I feel like, for us, just basically who kind of executes their tactics a little bit better. And I feel like today, I executed a little bit better. I was a little bit less nervous than him.”

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