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Ariel Hsing Set to Defend ITTF-North American Cup Title in Mississauga
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Ariel Hsing seeking to repeat success of one year earlier  Photo By: Quique Aparicio

05/28/2012        2012 ITTF North American Cup (Click here to access this section)

The surprise winner one year ago but one year later the top seed, Ariel Hsing of the United States will defend her Women’s Singles title at ITTF-North American Cup, to be staged in the Mississauga, the Canadian city where she won in 2011.

A two day tournament held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2012; 16 men and 16 women take part in the competition.

Play commences in each event with players being drawn into four groups with four players in each group; the players who finish in first and second places in each group proceed to the quarter-finals, where matters progress on the knock-out basis.

Seeking to Make Amends
No doubt the main challenger in the Women’s Singles event, and aiming to make reparations for one year earlier, will be Canada’s Zhang Mo.

She is the second seed; one year ago she lost to Ariel Hsing in the final

Won in Guadalajara
However, later in the year she made amends by winning the Women’s Singles title at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara and thus booked herself a place in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ariel Hsing, as a result of succeeding earlier this year in the North American Olympic Qualification Tournament, will also be present in London, as will Erica Wu who is the fourth seed in Mississauga and gains her London place by being the player to complete the United States Women’s Team.

The experienced Chris Xu, who just missed out on London qualification, is the no.3 seed in Mississauga.

Top Three All Olympians
Meanwhile, in the Men’s Singles event, Canada’s Pierre-Luc Hinse, Timothy Wang from the United States and André Ho, also from Canada, are the top three seeds.

Furthermore, they are the players in form. They were the players who in late April, in Cary, North Carolina, secured the three places available for North America in the London Olympic Games.

Debut for Andé Ho
It will André Ho’s debut in the event, he did not compete in the inaugural edition in 2011; whilst for Pierre-Luc Hinse he will be seeking revenge and Timothy Wang will be aiming to climb one step higher.

One year ago, Pierre-Luc Hinse was beaten in the semi-finals by Timothy Wang who then suffered defeat in the final at the hands of Canada’s Pradeeban Peter-Paul, a non-starter in 2012.

Impressive Teenager
The no.4 seed in the Men’s Singles event is Pierre-Luc Theriault, a young man who might just upset the pecking order.

He impressed at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships in both 2010 and 2011; whilst in both those years was crowned North American Junior Boys’ Singles champion.

Sight on Huangshi and Liverpool
Two days of intense action awaits with the Men’s Singles winner qualifying for the LIEBHERR Men’s World Cup to be staged in the English city of Liverpool from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2012.

The Women’s Singles winner progresses to compete in the VOLKSWAGEN Women’s World Cup to be held in the Chinese city of Huangshi, one week earlier, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2012.


 

   

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