Vancouver – Canada, August 28, 2013: Ariel HSING of USA has blown the away the field to capture three gold medals at the 2013 ITTF-North American Championships, which concluded on 27 August 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.
The 17 year old prodigy, who is close friends with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, referring to them as “Uncle Warren” and “Uncle Bill”, had never won a senior continental championships gold until today.
In addition to her Women’s Singles gold, HSING will also head back to San Jose, California, where she is currently in high school, with the Junior Girls’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Teams gold.
“Today I played really well and I won!” stated an ecstatic HSING.
“I always play tournaments to have fun and to improve myself, so I am happy to win. My coach gave me some wonderful tips and advice, and I played a lot smarter than I have in the past. I am very happy to win my first title.”
HSING easily defeated Canadian Mo ZHANG 11-9,11-7,11-8,12-10 in the Women’s Singles final, and London 2012 teammate Erica Wu in the Junior Girls’ Singles final 11-9,11-6,11-4.
HSING then joined fellow countrywomen Tina LIN and Prachi JHA to clinch her historic third gold in the Junior Girls’ Team, defeating Canada 3-0.
2013 ITTF US Open Champion Eugene WANG (CAN) continued his strong 2013 form by winning his first ITTF-North American Championships Men’s Singles title, beating fellow countryman Hongtao CHEN 11-5,11-6,12-10,8-11,11-4 to the delight of the large local crowd.
“This is my first North American Championships, so I am very pleased” said the 27-year-old.
“I was the highest ranked player here, so I was not surprised that I won. I am now moving to Europe to try and improve myself and hopefully get even better results next year.”
However, the defeated Hongtao CHEN did not leave without a gold medal, as he overcame his USA rival Yijun FENG 11-2,11-7,11-3 to win the Junior Boys’ Singles crown.
Kunal CHODRI (USA) did not take part in the singles events, but still walked away with two gold medals, teaming with Timothy WANG and Theodore TRAN to win the Men’s Teams title, and with Allen WANG and JHA Kanak to win the Junior Boys’ Teams title, both against Canada. —- Photo by ITTF