Posted: Sunday July 29, 2012 6:28 AM

Ariel Hsing reaches 3rd round at Olympics

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LONDON (AP) - American teen Ariel Hsing upset 1983 world champion Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg on Sunday to reach the third round in Olympic table tennis.

The 16-year-old Hsing, who has gained attention because of her friendship with billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, defeated Ni 4-2 and will now face second-seeded Li Xiaoxia in the third round.

Li is among the gold medal favorites along with Chinese teammate Ding Ning.

Hsing has talked about using the London Olympics - her first - as preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Games in four years. But her time has come sooner than she expected.

The 49-year-old Ni is a two-time European champion and was a world champion playing for her native China 30 years ago.

 
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