Ariel Hsing

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Ariel Hsing
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Ariel Hsing, October 2013
Personal information
Full name Ariel Yenhua Hsing[1]
Nationality  United States
Residence San Jose, California[2]
Born (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 18)
Fremont, California[2]
Highest ranking 73 (October 2012)[3]
Club Jinhua Bank (China)
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Weight 117 lb (53 kg)[2]
Ariel Yenhua Hsing
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Ariel Yenhua Hsing (born November 29, 1995)[2] is an American table tennis player who competed in the 2012 Olympics. Hsing became the youngest U.S. table tennis national champion in history in 2010 at age 15. She repeated as champion in 2011 and 2013. She was a bronze medalist in women's team and women's singles at the 2011 Pan American Games. During her junior career, she was ranked as high as 4th in the world in both the cadet (U-15)[8] and the junior (U-18)[9] age group.

In May 2014, she became the first American-born player in the China Table Tennis Super League, signing a contract with Zhejiang Jinhua Bank.[10]

Career[edit]

In 2012, Hsing won the singles titles at the ITTF North American Cup and the United States Junior and Cadet Open.[11] She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and was seeded 46th in women’s singles.[12]

Hsing is acquaintances with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and used to refer to them as "Uncle Warren" and "Uncle Bill". She met Buffett at age 9 when one of Buffett’s friends retained a table tennis coach for Buffett at his seventy-fifth birthday party and it was decided to have the 9-year-old Hsing play Buffett as a joke.[13] Gates was present during Hsing's Round of 32 loss during the 2012 Olympics and hugged her as she left the court.[14]

On July 9, 2012, she appeared on an episode of the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out. She stumped panelists Ciara Bravo, Alex Heartman, Leon Thomas III and Stephen Kramer Glickman, for one round.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Hsing entered the Olympics as the 46th seed [12] and ranked 115th in the world.[14]

In the round of 128 Hsing defeated Yadira Silva in 4 games (11-9, 11-8, 11-3, 11-5) in a match where she never trailed by more than 2 points. In the round of 64 Hsing defeated Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg 4-2 (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 10-12, 12-10), In the round of 32 Hsing lost to the #2 seed and eventual gold medalist Li Xiaoxia of China 4-2 (11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9) with the longest rally of 18 occurring in game 6.

After the loss Hsing said it was the best she had ever performed at a tournament giving herself a "10 out of 10, or maybe 9.9 as I wasn't quite there."[14]

Personal life[edit]

Hsing was born in Fremont, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her mother, Xin Hua Jiang, is a Chinese immigrant and her father Michael Hsing was born in Taiwan.[15]

Hsing started playing table tennis when her parents could not find a babysitter one night and brought the then seven-year old to the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club with them.[16]

She graduated from Valley Christian High School in San Jose in 2013 and is currently a freshman at Princeton University. [17]

References[edit]

Hsing playing at the 2007 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
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  2. ^ a b c d e "Ariel Hsing". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ITTF world ranking". ITTF. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Revenge is Sweet for Ariel Hsing". ITTF. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Graduation Day, Teenagers Capture ITTF-North American Cup Titles". ITTF. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ariel Hsing Secures ITTF-North America Cup Crown in Resounding Style". ITTF. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "XVI Pan-American Games Results Book". ITTF. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "ITTF U-15 World Ranking". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "ITTF U-18 World Ranking". Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  10. ^ (Chinese) 首位引进乒超的美国球员邢延华
  11. ^ Marshall, Ian (July 5, 2012). "Ariel Hsing". ITTF. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "2012 Olympic Games: Women’s Singles Seeding List". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ Florek, Michael (July 3, 2012). "Ariel Hsing is table tennis prodigy with influential fans". USA Today. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c Davis, Toby. "Gates flies in to hail "amazing" Hsing". NBC Olympics. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  15. ^ Wade, Stephen (July 28, 2012). "Hsing advances to second round". NBC Olympics. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ariel Hsing". Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Rolston, Dorian "Bullwhip backhands: A national champion as a freshman, Hsing looks to another Olympic run" Princeton Alumni Weekly, February 5, 2014