In late September 2012, Killerspin’s Ariel Hsing won the Women’s Intercontinental Cup in the Chinese city of Huangshi; 16 years old at the time, she became both the youngest player to secure the title and the first from the United States.
There will be no defence of the crown in 2013; the Starts Women’s World Cup, to be staged in the Japanese city of Kobe from Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd September 2013, has a new formula.
However, Ariel Hsing will have the opportunity to defend her ITTF-North American Cup Women’s title and if successful book her place in Kobe; her name will appear on the invitation list for the prestigious tournament.
The event is to be staged on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2013 at the Westchester Table Tennis Center in the state of New York. The club is managed by Robert Roberts, former Barbadian international and owned by Will Shortz.
Robert Roberts will be the Tournament Director for the ITTF-North American Cup with Will Shortz being the Press Officer.
Winners of both the Men’s and Women’s events qualify for the respective World Cup tournaments; the Men’s World Cup will be staged in Verviers, Belgium from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September 2013.
However, for Ariel Hsing that is the future and there is a hurdle to overcome but it is hurdle she has overcome successfully in the past. She succeeded in both 2011 and 2012 when the tournament was staged the Canadian city of Mississauga in Southern Ontario.
A total of 12 players will be invited for each of the Men’s and Women’s Singles events, with play taking place in two stages.
In the first stage, players will be drawn into four groups with three players in each group.
All players will progress to the second stage; the players who finish in first place in each of the four groups proceed directly to the quarter-finals, the players finishing in second and third places in each group compete in round one where a second placed player opposes a third placed player.
The second stage will be organised on a progressive knock-out basis.
Bermuda, Canada, Greenland and the United States of America form the ITTF-North American Table Tennis Union and are the countries eligible to compete in the ITTF North America Cup.
Currently the players to be invited by World ranking are: Canada’s Pierre-Luc Hinse and Pierre-Luc Theriault, in addition to Timothy Wang and Danny Seemiller from the United States for the Men’s Singles event.
In the Women’s Singles event it is Gao Jun and Ariel Hsing from the United States, Zhang Mo and Chris Xu from Canada.
Additional to the players’ eligible by World ranking, each of the four member national associations is eligible to nominate two players; should all places not be taken or cancellations occur, the next highest listed player or players on the World rankings will be invited.