16-Year-Old American Table Tennis Player Ariel Hsing Almost Upset The World #2

She ended up losing to China’s Li Xiaoxia 4-2, but she showed tremendous poise doing it.

This is Ariel Hsing. She’s a 16-year-old from the Bay Area who won her first two matches of the Olympics.

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In the third-round, she ran up against Li Xiaoxia, the second-seeded player in the tournament. Nobody gave Hsing much of a chance of winning, including Hsing.

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“It is a little bit daunting but she is probably more nervous than I am,” Hsing told Reuters. “She has to play against a 16-year-old girl in her first round. That must be a little bit strange for her.

“I won’t be destroyed if I lose to the world number two. I think this has been a huge part of my table tennis career and a wonderful experience. I don’t think I will ever be nervous for another tournament again.”

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But she took Xiaoxia into the sixth set on the strength of shots like this.

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Hsing was almost able to take it to a seventh and final set, but the 24-year-old Xiaoxia put her away on this fantastic rally.


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