A new challenge appears for North American players. The 2012 North American Championships will be held in the American city of Cary from 31st August to 2nd September. Ariel Hsing is the favorite for the title due to her outstanding performance against Li Xiaoxia in the round of 32 at the Olympic Games. However, she will have to fight against Canada's Mo Zhang, reigning champion.
Mo Zhang, 23, has won the last three edition of the tournament and was the runner-up in 2008, 2007 and 2006, so probably nobody has more experience than her. Besides, she is the current Pan American champion and beat Turkey's Hu Melek in London. Therefore, it won't be easy for Ariel Hsing to win the title taking into account that she already failed in her attempts in 2009 and 2010, where she fell against Mo Zhang in the final.
Last year Mo Zhang stood victorious over Lily Zhang, Hsing's team mate, in the final.
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2012 North American CUp: Ariel Hsing vs Mo Zhang
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